Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:55 AM
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:14 AM
I ALWAYS add Turmeric to my maggots in winter. I had got the fish feeding well and put an unflavoured maggot out and never had a bite, waited 10 mins, no bites, put a flavoured maggot on and IMMEDIATELY got a bite, tried unflavoured again and NOTHING, changed back to flavoured maggot and IMMEDIATELY got another fish.
So flavoured maggots DO help!!
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 03:20 AM
Posted 20 September 2005 - 08:09 AM
I think it'll continue to catch Roach all Winter because it is a very spicy paste and the usual train of thought says that Roach prefer spicy flavours when it's cold.
The Sweetcorn still works but the bite rate is tapering off slowly, as is the caster.
Maggot never seems to fail but they do have a tendancy to pick up small fish.
Worm seems to be picking up the big Roach now that it's perfect worm weather
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 05:57 PM
The flavourings I use are Archie Braddock's - go to http://www.braddocksbaits.co.uk
Big G - being brought up on the teachings of Dick Walker, I used to think the same as you. I believed the only reason that flavourings worked was because they covered up tastes/smells that the fish didn't like.
Then like Keinboet I tried controlled experiments - and found that flavourings make a big difference. Now I'll never use unflavoured maggots again!
In fact I'm convinced that different species prefer different flavours. This came about after an experiment on a commercial water. I fished one side of the swim with one flavour and caught mainly perch with a few roach. The other side of the swim I fished with a different flavour and caught mainly roach plus a few perch.
I then switched the flavours around. The fish followed their preferred flavour!
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 08:11 PM
Take a good look at the Braddock website Steve has listed in his post. A good trawl around that site will give you a hell of a lot of info on flavours. I was sceptical about flavours untill I did some testing based on something Bradock had writen way back before he started selling flavours. Ever since I have been convinced of their value and wish that I understood them better.
Posted 21 September 2005 - 12:23 AM