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#1 Martin56

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:26 AM

Wasp Grubs & Wasp cake (the nest cells) was a killing bait mainly for Chub on the Yorkshire rivers in the 60's to 90's.

 

Anyone still using it??

 

My Uncle used to dig up wasps nests after treating with cyamag (Magnesium cyanide).

 

Could also buy from tackle shops - frozen & wrapped in newspaper, but the grubs would hatch out as wasps when thawing as you were fishing!!

 

A needle or tweezers to kill them as they hatched sufficed!!


Edited by Martin56, 12 March 2017 - 05:07 AM.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 10:45 AM

Great bait when I can get my hands on it ... vivid memories of digging the nests with my dad and his mates, using Cymag .... and the state of his leg when one of them was stung by about affected though not-quite-dead wasp :-) Unfortunately the only access these days seems to be via a benevolent pest control operator

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

My Uncle used to dig up wasps nests after treating with cyamag (Magnesium cyanide).

 

My uncle used to  dig up wasps nests after a cursory smoking-out (sulphur and saltpetre).   He only picked up two or thee stings per nest  :lol:


Edited by Vagabond, 12 March 2017 - 08:44 PM.



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:40 AM

I've never used real wasp grub, but I have some sweet spray-on Wasp Grub bait flavouring in the shed which I haven't used for a few years.
I used to give my maggots a spray occasionally before a match and you could smell the sweet Wasp Grub smell from quite a few swims away Lol.

I'm not sure whether it did my fishing any good but it gave me a bit of confidence and it certainly didn't have any detrimental affects. The only problem was that my hands smelt of it for ages afterwards as it would not wash off until about 12 hours afterwards.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:34 AM

Not worth the risk for me.

I'm allergic to the stings which resulted in me getting a proper spring in my step when  I was fishing the lower Severn last summer in shorts and looked down to discover that I was standing about 40cm from a very active nest.

Fortunately, I didn't get stung.


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Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
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Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:09 PM

I've never used real wasp grub, but I have some sweet spray-on Wasp Grub bait flavouring in the shed which I haven't used for a few years.
I used to give my maggots a spray occasionally before a match and you could smell the sweet Wasp Grub smell from quite a few swims away Lol.

I'm not sure whether it did my fishing any good but it gave me a bit of confidence and it certainly didn't have any detrimental affects. The only problem was that my hands smelt of it for ages afterwards as it would not wash off until about 12 hours afterwards.

Keith

Thanks for the idea Keith, I see it's available (online at least) & may have it in the shops also - at around £5.50 or so.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:02 PM

Use it when I can get hold of it.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 08:42 PM

There are lots of alternatives for anyone wanting to experiment.


Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


#9 Martin56

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 12:57 AM

Bites are very often slow & delicate but unmissable - a bit like an elderly person savouring a chocolate liqueur  :wub:


Edited by Martin56, 05 April 2017 - 01:02 AM.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 10:18 AM

Bites are very often slow & delicate but unmissable - a bit like an elderly person savouring a chocolate liqueur  :wub:

One doesn't become elderly without learning a thing or two.

 

The technique with a chocolate liqueur is to down it quickly, hide the glass, and change your seat.

 

With luck your host may think you haven't had one and pour you another.

 

...and  yes, if I were a chub I wouldn't last long  :)




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