Kick-start your fishing: Maggot fishing tips

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Corn, meat, and pellets might seem to dominate the carp catching world but we’ve been very successful at White Acres with the humble maggot.

In fact we have caught more fish on them in the past two years than anything else yet not many anglers use them. Loose feeding regularly while fishing with two or three maggots on the hook while fishing the waggler set much shallower than the depth of the lake is an excellent approach for carp.

If you are worried about the expense of loose feeding lots of maggots try the big waggler. Patterns like Will Rasions Daiwa Catch Up design create a splash when they hit the water, that fish associate with food. When they arrive the only bait they will find is the three maggots on the hook!

Fishing the pole shallower than the depth of the swim is also good but if the maggots draw in too many roach try feeding small cubes of meat but still use three red maggots on the hook. The maggots are more durable to missed bites than pieces of meat!

Three red maggots on the hook while legering with a groundbait feeder is deadly and effective as is the sticky maggot feeder.
Create sticky maggots by coating them with sticky maggot powder which has the effect of making them tacky so you can squeeze them together.

You can then plug a cage feeder with the maggots instead of groundbait – excellent when casting to the margins of an island.

Fishing with a pole up in the water and using a shallow rig about 12-18 inches deep, carp will come to the noise of the feed hitting the water.
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Fishing with a pole up in the water and using a shallow rig about 12-18 inches deep, carp will come to the noise of the feed hitting the water.

Simulate this noise without feeding by hitting the tip of the pole against the surface of the water.
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Simulate this noise without feeding by hitting the tip of the pole against the surface of the water.

You may have to repeat this up and down movement several times.
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You may have to repeat this up and down movement several times.

However the carp will come to the noise and find your hook bait. Be prepared for the pole to bend round as a carp hits the bait and hooks itself.
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However the carp will come to the noise and find your hook bait. Be prepared for the pole to bend round as a carp hits the bait and hooks itself.