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Fishing live bait, cleaning maggots from sawdust, my first choice for bait

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Maggots are the larvae of flies, typically found in decaying organic material such as food waste or animal carcasses. While maggots might not be everyone’s favorite topic, they play a vital role in the ecosystem by breaking down and recycling organic matter.

When it comes to fishing, many anglers have their go-to techniques and bait preferences. For me, maggots bait has always been my first choice (if, of course, the fishing rules allow their use).

Using maggots as fishing bait is a common and effective practice among anglers. Maggots are known to attract various fish species due to their scent and movement in the water. When using maggots for fishing, it’s essential to keep them fresh and alive until you’re ready to use them. You can store them in a cool, dark place and make sure to use them within a few days of purchase for optimal effectiveness.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – maggots, gross! But before you completely dismiss them, let me share with you why they are my first choice for bait.

First and foremost, maggots are highly effective at attracting fish. They emit a scent that is irresistible to many species, making them a reliable option for bait.

Another reason why I prefer using maggots is that they are easily available. You can find them at most bait and tackle shops

Maggots, on the other hand, are budget-friendly and can be reused for multiple fishing trips, as long as you keep them cool and fresh.

Of course, as with any live bait, there are some downsides to using maggots. They can be messy and require proper storage to keep them fresh and usable.

One of the things I appreciate the most about using maggots as bait is their versatility. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as on a hook, as a dropper, or as part of a bait rig. You can also pair them with other baits, such as worms or corn, to create a bait cocktail that will attract even more fish.


Fishing with live bait adds an extra level of excitement and increases your chances of getting a bite. While there are many live bait options available, maggots cleaned from sawdust are my go-to bait. They are highly effective, easily available, affordable, and versatile. So, the next time you’re out on the water, don’t be afraid to give maggots a try – you might be pleasantly surprised with the results. Happy fishing!

Till next time …

 tight lines and wet landing nets!

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