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The Caster is the pupae of the blue bottle fly (Calliphora vomitoria) (also known as the blow-fly). It is an ideal bait for all fish, especially Roach, Bream, Chub and Barbel. The Caster is known for sorting out the better fish but exactly why this is a mystery. Many specimen fish have been caught and many fishing matches have been won using the Caster. Fish do not always respond immediately to Casters and it may be from a few minutes to an hour or so before they do, but when they do you could be in for a great day, picking off the larger specimen fish.
Roach love Casters and many an angler will tell you that the best bait for catching Roach is Casters. The Caster varies in colour from a light, creamy colour in the early stages to almost black just before it hatches. Personally I like my Caster to be a light golden brown colour. As well as changing colour the Casters buoyancy also changes. As it gets darker it starts to float making it useless for fishing unless used as hookbait only.
Care of your Caster
Casters are usually sold in an airtight polythene bag. The first thing to do when you get your Casters is to empty them into a container of clean water. The good Casters will sink to the bottom and the floaters can be removed. Drain the Casters and place them in a plastic bag with the air expelled in the fridge at a low temperature. To prevent 'burn' marks on your Casters which are caused by being against the side of the bag, check them daily by opening the bag and giving them a shake. This will also allow fresh air into the bag. Again exclude the air from the bag, re-seal and replace in the fridge.
If you want your Casters to be all the same shades of brown the way to do this is; Empty your Casters onto a shallow tray and spread them evenly so that you have a single layer of Casters. Cover them with a damp cloth and place the tray somewhere cool with an ambient temperature checking regularly as to the colour change of your Casters. The warmer the temperature the quicker the change in colour. When they are the colour you require put them back into a plastic bag with the air expelled in the fridge at a low temperature.
Fresh Casters can keep for up to a week in the fridge if looked after, although they are at their best if used within 2 or 3 days. For each pint of Casters you will need approximately 1 and a half pints of maggots.
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