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    I need to pick up a couple of pints of maggots tomorrow (Fri) to use on a session on Sunday to Tuesday. What is the best way to store them to keep them fresh? Will a sealed bucket be ok or will they sweat? Fridge/freezer is not an option unfortunately.

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    they need air, so a bucket with holes in. do you have a cellar?

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    Lots of maize meal/sawdust/groundbait anything really to stop them sweating. If you've got say a gallon, divide them into four containers with holes in the lids. In the garage or somewhere cold.

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    Ah, this thread has just reminded me what's been in the boot of my car for over a month. Better release the flies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoddiedUp View Post
    Ah, this thread has just reminded me what's been in the boot of my car for over a month. Better release the flies!
    Fly corpses lol
    Get you some of that!

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    I find putting them in a large plastic bag and drawing most of the air out and tying the bag in a knot to be the best method for a few days storage. Puts them in a coma type state and they don't sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukcarponly View Post
    I find putting them in a large plastic bag and drawing most of the air out and tying the bag in a knot to be the best method for a few days storage. Puts them in a coma type state and they don't sweat.
    Hmmmm ... will try that next year as a comparative test ... anything that get's my half pint (only used for catching livebaits) beyond two weeks is an absolute bonus

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukcarponly View Post
    I find putting them in a large plastic bag and drawing most of the air out and tying the bag in a knot to be the best method for a few days storage. Puts them in a coma type state and they don't sweat.
    I agree i used to do that all the time,but also keep then cold they last ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrighty1 View Post
    I agree i used to do that all the time,but also keep then cold they last ages.
    Yep as above then put them in the fridge, i usually double bag them as some always escaped through the knot into the fridge (not ideal)
    This spring i was buying large amounts for my Tench fishing and asked my tackle shop to seal them in a heat sealed plastic bag ( like the ones boilies come in)
    Dont panic if they look dead once opened as they take a while to 'wake up', i have kept them like this for over a week in the fridge.
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    The sealed in a bag method keeps em in good nick for weeks in a fridge. I've never had an issue with them escaping through the bag knot, it's important to get all the air out of the bag though before tieing it up

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    Cheers Gents
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