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UKCARP MAGAZINE 48 JANUARY 3RD 2012MAGIC GRUBSCONFESSIONS OF A MAGGOT DROWNERMaggots seem to be the number one cold-water bait at the moment. Here Dave Mennie reveals how his use of the grubs has changed radically over 15 years, saving time and money

UKCARP MAGAZINE 49 JANUARY 3RD 2012It was one of those conversations in hushed tones, a quick look round the bank to see if anyone was in earshot before I was let in on a secret. And how simple a secret it was! At first I couldn't believe how basic the information was. I'd been told just one thing: "Get on the maggots." That was it, all those years ago on the famous Bundy's Pit near Peterborough. I did indeed start to use maggots, and boy, did it change my fortunes. The trouble was, although it was effective and caught me fish to over 40lb, it was also expensive and too much like hard work. I was using several gallons of grubs in quite a short period and seemed to spend all my time threading maggots on to a length of fine mono or with either a maggot or my finger superglued to my sleeping bag. As with everything in carp fishing, events moved on and the boilie approach soon started to work and took over my interest, while my wriggly friends took a back seat. I didn't particularly miss them, but the time inevitably came when I needed to use them again. Over this long reunion I have refined my approach and come up with what I think is not only the most user-friendly way to fish maggots, but also the cheapest and most efficient. Admittedly this suits my short session approach, so you may need to adapt it a little to your own needs, but it does catch. For a day session all I need is a couple of pints of grubs and a small jar of chilli hemp. I don't get much chance to fish in the summer, mainly because I run my own fishery, Greenacres, and have family commitments. But in the winter I'm a little more flexible, and thankfully the Nene Valley has plenty of small pits packed with those distinctive commons that I can go and catch. Rig-wise I use a helicopter set-up on leadcore that utilises an inline lead. The lead is mounted as normal, with a ring swivel pulled into the plastic insert, but instead of tying on the hooklink I do something different - I slide a rubber bead down the leadcore and mount it on the tail of the insert sticking out of the back of the lead. Next comes a swivel, followed by a tail rubber. I can then tie my hooklink to this swivel to create a safe helicopter presentation. I needed something quick and simple, so after a lot of trial and error I settled on this rig, which is both easy to tie and effective. I use a coated braid, strip a short section and tie on a small barbless hook to the exposed braid. These hooks work better than barbed because they don't burst the maggots. Next I push a needle through a piece of plastic corn, angling it as shown, which seems to help how everything sits. Then Chilli hemp makes maggots go further.Flavouring peps up my grubs.My adapted heli rig witha bag of maggots attached."I was using several gallons of grubs in quite a short period and seemed to spend all my time threading maggots on to a length of fi ne mono or with either a maggot or my fi nger superglued to my sleeping bag"