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How long will maggots keep in the fridge?

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  • How long will maggots keep in the fridge?

    Hello guys, I've had to put my fishing trip on hold for a few days.
    If I put my maggots in the fridge will they be ok for a week?
    I won't really get a chance to go to the tackle shop again before
    I go.
    Cheers lads.

  • #2
    untill the mrs finds em!
    HAPPY TOTTERINGHAMS DAY 15/5/2016

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    • #3
      Nice one ABBO62.
      Always nice to hear from a fellow Gooner.
      Not very helpful though!

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      • #4
        should be ok,if not use casters (sorry)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ABBO62 View Post
          untill the mrs finds em!
          Brilliant lol. Proggy, the maggots won't keep for a week but you could always turn them to casters.

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          • #6
            Usually abut 3 or 4 days,but you can put em to sleep!

            Transporting Maggots
            HAPPY TOTTERINGHAMS DAY 15/5/2016

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            • #7
              If they were fresh when you bought them, bag them up as ABBO says and keep them in fridge until needed - they'll last a week easy. Or you could freeze them and use them as deads.

              I reckon maggots are the hardiest living things on this planet - they can survive being tied up in a bag for days on end with no air to breathe, I've even had maggots that have been frozen solid from being in my little bait fridge in the shed for several days, I take them out the night before a session and by morning most of them have sprung back to life!
              Steve

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              • #8
                Thanks for the advice lads.
                Looks like I'll be using casters then.
                That'll be a first.
                Does the point of the hook have to be exposed?

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                • #9
                  How old are the maggots? Turning casters properly is a lot of hard work and you won't get a pint of casters out of a pint of maggots. I'd bag them and freeze if youre worried they won't last in the fridge - dead maggots are awesome.
                  Steve

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                  • #10
                    Hello spickup,
                    Basically they'll be a week old by the time I go.
                    Well, I would have had them for a week. They are
                    fresh at the moment though.
                    I thought they just turned to casters on their own!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by proggy View Post
                      Hello spickup,
                      Basically they'll be a week old by the time I go.
                      Well, I would have had them for a week. They are
                      fresh at the moment though.
                      I thought they just turned to casters on their own!
                      They do turn on their own, but you need to look after them whilst they turn, riddle them at least twice a day to remove dead maggots/skins and casters that have already turned, and change the sawdust or maize they are in regularly. Plus if the maggots are dyed ones they tend not to produce the best casters - white maggots are best for casters. Also there's always some waste - maggots that die before they turn etc, so you end up with far less casters than the amount of maggots you started out with!

                      Good luck if you do decide to turn them yourself, but I know I couldn't be bothered doing it! Re hooking them - you can either push the point into the blunt end of the caster then turn the hook so the point comes out of the side, or if the fishing is really hard try using a smaller hook and burying it. Good luck!
                      Steve

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                      • #12
                        You can keep maggots as Fresh as the day you brought them by Putting i Plastic bags with all the Air taken out & tied tight as poss
                        i have kept them in this way for up to a month,
                        we used to do it in the shop with Vast amounts when the Rivers flooded !!
                        I am almost certain Big Kev Ashurst told me & Jan Porter to do it in the late 70s
                        used to take all my Maggots to Denmark like it
                        i keep all my maggots in this way as you will never get escapes if the fridge turns off
                        Colin

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the help and advice lads,
                          I'll have a go at bagging them Colin,
                          the caster turning process might be a bit too
                          much messing about for me, but thanks for filling
                          me in.
                          cheers lads
                          Steve

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                          • #14
                            Dont forget when you open them they can take an hour or 2 to recover
                            i always open 1 bag @ home & put them in a bait box before i leave the house
                            Colin

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                            • #15
                              Hi Proggy , I have a small fridge in my garage were I keep all my bait, it is set on low, and maggots are ok for weeks , not as good as a fresh maggot , but still fine to use , pinkies will last months, have a good trip.

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