The word Caster is used to describe the stage of a fly larva (maggot) when it has changed into the chrysalis prior to finally hatching as a fly. Initially the Caster, around 6mm in length, starts off white and with time changes to a light golden then brown colouration. At this stage the Caster is used as fantastic sinking fishing bait notorious for enticing quality fish of many kinds, either by loose feeding the fish or using as bait on the hook.

Left for a prolonged period the Caster will turn to a purple black colour and is likely to float, at this point using Casters as loose feed is not advisable as any wind will blow the floating Casters from your swim and take the feeding fish with them.  They are still excellent bait when used on the hook as they can descend through the water slowly which entices the fish to feed on them.  Floating Casters are renowned for attracting quality coarse fish of many kinds, particularly highly competitive or surface feeding fish such as all varieties of Carp, Roach and Rudd.

Catching the Casters as they have just changed from the maggot stage is a time consuming process which involves riddling (sieving) the maggots daily so they can be separated. Refrigeration helps reduce the Casters metabolism, allowing this very popular fishing bait to be maintained at the sinking stage of the process and can be sold in resealable packages via our on-site Bait Bank vending machines.  If you fancy trying a few floating Casters then leave a few sinking Casters out of water in direct sunlight and they will soon turn to floaters.  To maintain the Casters sinking ability during your fishing session they are best kept cool under water and out of direct sunlight. Easy to follow instructions are provided with each package of Bait Bank Crisp Casters.

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