Breed your own maggots and reap the benefits as bream just can’t resist

Devlyn Bale caught the carp of his life at a private water in Norfolk recently. The catch weighed in

Devlyn Bale caught the carp of his life at a private water in Norfolk recently. The catch weighed in at a stunning 30lb 1oz. The 12-year-old, from Norwich was with his father, Jamie, who revealed his son has also caught catfish to 40lbs before but believes this carp tops the lot. Picture: Jamie Bale - Credit: Archant

Look to your flies to put a fresh zip into your match fishing.

Put simply, breed your own special maggots.

There is no point in producing the same mass-produced wrigglers stocked by your local tackle shop.

Instead, seek the offspring of the more exotic of the Diptera family that refuse to multiply in captivity.

Maggot breeders fill their fly houses with millions of the bluebottle (Calliphora Vomitoria), identified by black jowls and orange chin hair.


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The home breeder requires the services of one of the other two species (Calliphora Erythrocephela or Vicina), both with orange jowls with black or silver chin hair.

Coarse fish, especially bream, cannot resist their larvae which were named Gozzers by Coventry's late match ace Billy Lane.

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However, in the early 1970s, North Norfolk warrener and coypu hunter Vick Graham discovered a healthy crop of Gozzers feeding in a dead rabbit.

The fly deposited eggs while the carcass was still warm and fresh.

This insect was not interested in decomposing flesh.

And armed with this special knowledge, our Yarmouth dream team bred their own Gozzers to compete in Fenland on level terms against the likes of Billy Lane and Leicester's likely lad Ivan Marks.

Breeding Gozzers is a simple procedure.

Place a portion of fresh chicken, rabbit or eviscerated pigeon in a perforated cardboard box and park it by the garden hedge.

Once the female fly has blown her eggs, retrieve and allow nature to take its course under cover.

Within seven days, the grubs' food cavity is at bursting point and appetising for bream trawling the river bed.

The final step, riddle off remains and store in a fridge at 4C.

Another bait special demands a visit to the grazing meadows where the dung fly (Scathophaga Stercoraria) deposits eggs in cow pats.

Unfortunately, these grubs have a low survival rate due to bird predation but it may be worth time to harvest two hundred of these natural bright yellow gentles.

Matt Wiles cashes in at Barford Willow

Carp spawning on the lakes was suspended last week to produce another fabulous fishing fiesta.

Matt Wiles (Dynamite Baits) headed the open event returns with 200lb from Barford Willow and Kevin Clarke (Mulbarton) cashed in at Mill Farm with 174lb 8oz.

Dennis Goodwin (North Walsham) completed the double with 113lb at Reepham and 103lb 15oz at Barford, while at Wicklewood Andy Morrow (Bridge Farm) and Graham Kettle (Oddfellows) both topped 110lb.

Club match results were headed by Codgers' Mark Girling with 219lb 8oz at Bergh Apton and, at the same venue, Colin Seager headed the Veterans with 201lb 6oz.

Simon Parker topped the Wymondham card with 149lb 2oz at Wicklewood, Neil Paske was Dereham winner with 102lb 40z at Narborough, Robin Parke led Attleborough MG with 101lb 12oz at The Railway and Mick Cleer won the Oddfellows with 127lb from the match lake.

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