Maggot Lifecycle:The word maggot is used to describe the larva of a fly, in particular referring to the larvae of Brachyceran flies, or houseflies and blowflies as they are more commonly known with the classic blue bottle fly coming under this category. The lifecycle starts as the flies lay their eggs on decaying organic material, commercial bait producers favour fish or meat to encourage the flies to lay eggs in large numbers. This is a messy but effective process and the eggs soon hatch into a mass of wriggling maggots which feed from the decaying meat. Growing to a size of approximately 7mm within just a few days, a well fed and happy maggot will display a full feed sack identified by a large black spot which undulates along its top.
In warm conditions the maggot will use up its stored feed and its outer skin begins to harden as it begins to pupate (form a chrysalis prior to changing into a fly) so the lifecycle can start over again. However, in low temperatures the maggot’s metabolism is slowed down causing it to hibernate and so they remain in their maggot form for longer. With adequate refrigeration this stage can be maintained for 4-6 weeks before they stop wriggling and eventually form their crisp outer shell as the maggot begins to pupate. At this stage the shell is light in colour and is the fishing bait known to Anglers as Casters. Casters are highly regarded coarse fishing bait and you can learn more about them in our products section on Casters.
Maggots as Fishing Baits:
Maggots are perfect coarse fishing bait, arguably the best bait to ensure catching even on the hardest of days fishing which is why they are the most popular bait for anglers in Europe. By throwing free offerings of maggots (feeding) into the water around a baited hook, fish are attracted to the area enabling them to be caught whilst continued feeding keeps the fish in the area and increases the chance of success.
Anglers throughout time have proven that maggots can be used to catch a wide variety of coarse species including; Common, Mirror, Grass and Leather Carp, Tench, Crucian Carp Barbel, Chub, Roach, Bream, Rudd, Dace, Grayling, Gudgeon, Ide, Orfe and all other carp/goldfish hybrid strains. Even predatory fish such as Perch, Pike and Zander can be caught on this bait. This is because maggots are similar to natural food sources found in the fish’s habitat such as bloodworm. Maggots are used to catch fish of all sizes including the British Record Bream of 20lb 2oz by Simon Lavin in 2011. Check out our gallery to see a photograph of this beautiful specimen fish.
Maggots are naturally a white/off white colour but can be coloured using environmentally friendly dyes. The most popular colour for coarse fishing is red with the natural white being a close second favourite, hence why we can stock white, red and mixed maggots in our Bait Bank product range. All our products are packaged in environmentally friendly and fully recyclable containers which are resealable for your convenience.