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Winter F1s - Marukyu Maggots Featured

With the endless run of cold weather, ice breaking and horrible winter showers, catching F1s and carp is still quite tricky. This winter have decided a new approach for my winter F1 and carp fishing, and it involves what I like to call Marukyu Maggots.

Last year especially, dobbing bread was a great tactic for some reason this year, I just can’t get it to work. I think it’s down the the temperature rising and dropping, some days they want a bit of bait, and some days they don’t. Personally maggots are my favourite bait in the colder months.

It is nothing new fishing maggots in winter, and pretty much every angler with have them on their side tray this time of year. Personally I like to give myself an little edge over the other anglers I’m fishing against. This is where the “Marukyu Maggots” come into play.

Fishing the maggots in winter you don’t need to feed loads, just little and often. Keep your rigs on the light side, with small hooks light line and a nice slimline float.


I buy my maggots a few days before my match and place them into a sealed sandwich bag along with a handful off Marukyu’s SFA 400 Krill Powder, make sure the bag is tightly sealed and place them in my fridge or even just leave them in shed if the weather is cold enough.

I usually leave them for two days to take on the flavour of the Krill. On the day of the Match, I will riddle the powder off (which can be used again ?) and give them a light spray of The AlmondZap Amino+.

The end result will be a Krill flavoured maggot with a sweet fishy almond smell, something a little bit different but they definitely catch fish.

With just one bottle of Amino Zap + and one bag of SFA400 Krill powder you will able to make gallons of “Marukyu Maggots” and will definitely last you an entire winter season.

Tight lines
Martin Stokes


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