Animal baits. Part 2

Maggot

The blue meatfly larva is used for catching non-predatory fish. Breeding maggots is easy. As soon as it becomes warm outside and flies appear, they take a piece of meat, liver or lung and, after making deep cuts in it, hang it in the sun. Soon the flies will lay their eggs in the incisions, from which white larvae with a black dot inside will hatch. By this time, meat products with larvae are placed in a jar, bran is added to it (sawdust mixed with flour can be used) and tightly closed with a lid in which small holes are made for air access. Maggots are fed with pieces of meat or liver. In another case, they take 2-3 fish with heads, keep them for several days in a warm place, and then take them out where there are many blue flies. The gill covers of the fish are slightly raised so that flies can freely penetrate under them. Everything else is done in the same way as in the first case.

Unfortunately, both of these methods are not always acceptable in urban environments for reasons of sanitation and hygiene. Therefore, some fishermen have adapted to breed maggots, using for this small salted fish (the method of salting is the same as for wilting), thoroughly soaked in water. When hung in the sun, they do not give off a putrid smell, but they also attract fly flies. After the latter lay their eggs, the fish are placed in a jar with sawdust (bran) and the larvae that have appeared are fed with small pieces of liver, cottage cheese or minced fish. All of the above applies to the cultivation of maggots in an artisanal way in the summer. And what about in winter? In this regard, fishermen living in large cities are more fortunate. Now in Moscow, for example, this attachment can be purchased throughout the year. Initially, we received a Polish-made maggot, but now it is also produced in Russia.

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As for the storage of maggots, then there is more trouble, including in the winter. The fact is that the larvae pupate in air at positive temperatures for 2–3 days and are no longer of great interest to fish. Therefore, anglers do this. For long-term storage, the larvae are placed in a glass vial, half filled with oatmeal or bran. The vial is tightly closed with a lid, sealed in a plastic bag (for hygiene purposes) and stored under the freezer of the refrigerator or in the cellar on ice. At temperatures from 0 to –2 ° C, the maggot freezes, falling into a state of suspended animation. In winter, on the balcony, it can withstand temperatures down to -30 ° C, but it must be revived gradually, without a sharp temperature drop. As for short-term storage (up to a week or more), it is enough to place a glass vial with maggots in a refrigerator with a positive temperature.

They bait maggots, depending on the intended type of fish, one or more larvae. It holds firmly on the hook. The sting is exposed slightly outward, otherwise there will be many empty undercuts. After catching the fish, it is advisable to add at least one fresh larva to the hook, since the leaked maggots are less attractive to fish. Winter fishing anglers use maggots as an addition to both the bait hook and the jig.

Burdock

This is the fishermen’s slang for a tiny, only 1.5–2 mm long, white or cream-colored burdock moth larva, which lives from autumn to spring in the seed cones and stalks of burdock (burdock). Starting in late autumn, the larvae can be harvested for future use. To this end, they go to any vacant lot, including the city. Having found dried burdock bushes, they select dense cones by touch and peel them off to determine the hardenings in which the desired larvae are located. The collected seals are stored in a wooden box on the balcony or in the refrigerator. The larvae tolerate the winter well. By the way, they can be stored in the seed cones themselves, placed in a bag and taken out to the balcony. The larvae live in the bumps all winter. When fishing, the nozzle is kept in a dry foam box or moth.

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The larvae that live in burdock stalks are harvested for the winter as follows. The stems are cut, de-branched, tied in bunches and stored in the air. Before fishing, they are split with a knife and the larvae are carefully removed. Well, what if you have not taken care of such a wonderful attachment in advance? Some anglers prefer to stock up on burdock on the way to the pond. But you must admit, this is not entirely convenient, since you are losing precious time of a short daylight hours. In addition, there is no guarantee that burdock bushes will be encountered along the way. Burdock exudes a smell that attracts fish. Even in the wilderness, this nozzle is able to unbalance solid perch, bream and other inhabitants of the underwater depths.

When fishing with both jig and float tackle using such a “delicate” nozzle, the hook, respectively, should be small – No. 18–20, made of thin wire. And, of course, you will need the thinnest possible line and a light fishing rod. Usually 2-3 larvae are planted or caught on a “sandwich” – in combination with bloodworms.

author – Kazantsev V. – Catching from the ice. All Secrets of Ice Fishing (Complete Fishing Guide)