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- Crucian Carp
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Yes Gary I don't buy casters. I either turn my own or get given them by some of the Winter League boys at the end of the match. So I freeze them dry in 100 / 150 gm small plastic bags (Lidl). On defrosting I tip the bag into a pail of water to skim off the floaters. I then put those into my ground bait mix of soil, hemp and breadcrumb. I then use the sinkers for hook bait; on the river I prefer to use a dropper rather than loose feed, because I don't necessarily want the fish (roach) coming up into mid water to intercept slow sinking sinkers - if you get what I mean.....
Trouble is, the fish just don't read the books......
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Have you ever tried putting live but cold maggots from the fridge into plastic bags, gently squeezing out as much air as possible, sealing the bags and placing them in a chiller bag with a few freezer blocks? The go dormant and my experience is that they will last 48+ hours like that. At the other end of the journey, open the bags and put the maggots in a wide bowl and most of them will wake up. Box them and put them in a fridge.Troydog wrote: ↑Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:03 pmWith a couple of pints of maggots in the bottom of my garage fridge I know that it would be a high-risk strategy to smuggle them into the caravan before we set off for France this weekend.
I have always restricted my holiday baits to things like hemp, tares and sweetcorn which have a sound behavioural track record.
So, these last few days I’ve been turning the bait into 100 gram bags of casters which will stay in the freezer until we are back in August. Before use I will drop them into a pail of water to skim off the floaters.
Point is that because the bait is now dead, sinkers should stay as sinkers on the river bank. So why don’t we always freeze casters to stop them turning during use?
I used to have to buy maggots mail order and this was how they were transported from maggot farm to me during the summer months.
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I freeze them but then they are added to ground bait and balled in all within half hour of coming out the freezer. Bream love them, I do the same with wheat, corn or any small bits. Gives them something to graze on. Casters are a bit of a black art, there is a fine line between a great bait and an off one. A good shop that put time into turning them is the the only place I'd buy them from.
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