care of your maggot
fishing with maggots
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fishing with squats
The Gozzer Maggot
fishing the gozzer
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fishing with casters
Bloodworm and Joker
making paste baits
using paste baits
fishing with luncheon meat
fishing with cheese
fishing with particles
fishing with hemp
fishing with tares
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baits used by anglers in fishing
with Luncheon Meat
and using luncheon meat as a fishing bait
Luncheon Meat / Spam
Luncheon meat has been used as a fishing bait for many years and is
a fantastic bait for chub, barbel and carp. Feeder fishing is the
usual way to fish with Luncheon meat but it can also be used when
float fishing or on the pole. As a bait it can be used straight on the
hook or hair rigged.
meat as a fishing bait generally sorts out the larger fish and prior
to boilies coming onto the scene some specimen anglers considered
Luncheon meat to be one of the best and most versatile baits available
for big Carp and Barbel. Luncheon meat is freely available from your
local corner shop or supermarket and no preparation is required as it
can be fished straight from the tin.
Luncheon meat comes in different varieties by different manufacturers
and choice is individual to each angler. Some varieties have more fat
content than others so you will have to experiment a bit with
To use luncheon meat as a fishing bait is a simple case of cutting the
meat into cubes or breaking a piece off and putting it on your hook.
Meat cutters can be found for sale in tackle shops or online and these
cut the luncheon meat into many equally sized cubes in one go. Placed
the cut meat into a container to keep them from drying out.
The size of the piece of luncheon meat bait depends on the size of
hook you are fishing with and the fish you are targeting. Some anglers
fishing for Barbel on the river Severn remove the luncheon meat from
the tin and cut it into 4 pieces, piece being a hookbait. This of
course needs a large hook but has accounted for some fine specimen
fish. Depending on the fish you are fishing for, choose the hook you
are going to use and then match the size of luncheon meat to the hook.
Flavouring and colourings
Luncheon meat can be made more attractive by flavouring and or
colouring it. This is easily done. First put some of the cut meat
cubes into a plastic bag and add some flavouring and or colouring.
Holding the bag, blow it up like a balloon and then shake it about for
a few seconds. Depending on the flavouring or colouring used the ratio
is around a teaspoon full to a tin of luncheon meat.
Flavourings and colouring to use are the choice of the angler.
Flavourings can be sweet and fruity in the summer or spicy in the
As with all fishing baits, don't be afraid to experiment.
Feeder fishing is the usual way to fish with Luncheon meat but it can
also be used when float fishing or on the pole. As a bait it can be
used straight on the hook or hair rigged.
When fishing for chub on small streams or rivers where there is little
flow on the water free-lining with luncheon meat can be exciting.
Depending on the speed of the current attach a swan shot about 12 to
18 inches up the line from the hook and fish a large piece of luncheon
meat or bread. Cast the bait out, leaving the bail arm open if using a
fixed spool reel, and it will tumble along the river bed and hopefully
be intercepted by a chub. You don't want your fishing line to be too
slack or you may miss a bite but you do need to feed it off the reel
steadily otherwise if it tightens up it will start to pull the bait
into the side. If the meat bounces through the water at a fast pace
try adding another swan shot to slow it down a bit.
If you find the luncheon meat cubes are to soft to stay on the hook
try pushing the hook through the meat and pull it back onto a boilie
stop or small piece of grass. Another tip is to push the hook through
and put a maggot, hooked through the middle, onto the hook. This last
tip may attract smaller fish and give false bites though.
Another tip is to leave some of the meat cubes in the open and let
them dry out for a bit. This gives the luncheon meat a harder skin
which will help keep it on the hook. On hot days this also draws out
some of the fatty content and makes the outside of the cubes greasy
which can sometimes attract the fish.
If you have some luncheon meat left over after your fishing trip,
don't throw it away, take it home, put it into a plastic bag and
point of the hook exposed is said to help with hitting more bites.
Luncheon meat loses a certain amount of moisture as it is being frozen
and when you defrost it if you add some flavouring to the bag with the
frozen meat cubes some of the lost moisture will be replaced with the
Please DO NOT leave empty tins on the bankside, take them home and
dispose of them sensibly. Empty luncheon meat tins, or any tins for
that matter, can be a hazard to wildlife, make the bankside look
disgusting and give anglers a bad name.
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