Storage Tips - Tips for tradesmen

The maggot can be stored for 3-4 months on a stable -1,5-0 degrees, in an air-circulating refrigerator, which runs with a 2 degrees difference. The maggot has to be "revived" on room temperature after the suffocating transport, and when all of them has "awakened", you have to add sawdust in 10%, or grits (for the pinkies, it should be 15%) then it can be put in the refrigerator, but preferably in an opened box. Unfortunately, this appropriate storage method is not so common among the stores. Without sawdust, they likely will suffer from their own sweat and will climb out from their box. Due to their extremely small size, pinky is not a popular choice because it can move through even the smallest whole, and may cover even the stores' wall too! Without air-circulation, the temperature may differ in the refrigerator's certain parts. The maggot can be pupated on +5 degrees and can be frozen yet on -3 degrees. Many of the old refrigerators' thermostat controls on a wide temperature range. On the highest phase, it cools down until -3, -4 degrees, turns off, and then turns on only at +5, +6 degrees. So, the maggots will be frozen by the morning.

The other problem is, that the maggot produces ammonia, which is strongly corroding the copper cooling pipes and vaporizers. Newer refrigerators are equipped with thinner copper pipes and vaporizers, which will be worn out by the ammonia, the gas will run out, then, unfortunately you will have to call the gas fitter. If someone keeps the maggots over 10 litres in an opened box, they will produce heat by their moving, thus they will work against the refrigerator. Should the refrigerator runs with low output, will not be able to cool down the goods, thus it will be dead or pupated. Cooling down 40 degrees to -1, meanwhile producing heat from inside, is really a tough challenge, for even the refrigerators with bigger output too. In case of storing in large quantities permanently, it is recommended to purchase air-circulating refrigerators, equipped with rustproof vaporizers and pipes, thus keeping maggots even over 100 litres will not be a problem. A cheaper way could be if the current refrigerator will be converted into an updated system, which can work on the appropriate temperature. It can be solved easily with only a thermostat swap, with a modest few thousand HUF cost.

The gnat larva must not be kept along with the maggots in a common refrigerator, because the produced ammonia may cause damage in them, plus requires different temperature. The gnat can be kept on a stable 6-8 degrees in a refrigerator, equipped with a silent vaporizer, though air-circulating is not a must. Those feeders, which were collected in Hungary, could not be stored even for a week in wrapped paper, actually 3-4 days may cause problems. The salt water feeder bears better. It can be stored for two weeks in the refrigerator. Furthermore, rumours are that it will stay alive after a month, if you put it into soil! At both type of gnats the point is the wet paper, but preferably a not too soaked paper, and the occasionally ventilation and rotation of the gnats. The bloodworms are the opposites of the gnats, because the domestic bloodworm can be stored for two weeks with the same method as we detailed at the jokers, keep them in a plastic bag, with lots of water and ventilation, it can be last even for a month! So, that is why the Hungarian bloodworm became world famous among the competitor anglers, they can be kept easily and their hard skin is a unique feature. A certain type of the import bloodworm is capable to grow extremely big, but unfortunately, just as the leech, it dies sooner and pops out due to the inappropriate pinning. But with careful keeping they can last for 6-7 days. Fortunately, import bloodworms are available with normal size, hard skin and can be kept easily, we trade preferably with this type if it possible. It can be stored for 8-10 days without a single hatch.

The blood-sucker and the leech should be put into a bigger vessel, and with repeated water change, they can be kept for 1-4 weeks on 6-8 degrees, in a refrigerator with gnats. Unfortunately, the leech cannot be stored even with the most careful way during their mating period, at such times they pinching each other.

The Berki worm can be stored for months in a refrigerator with gnats, if their mud is sprayed weekly. Cooling them is not a must; they can last for weeks in a cool place.

The plain worm can be also put in a 'gnatty' refrigerator, and will last for months without cooling. There is one crucial stipulation, during either their storage or their transport they must not encounter with direct or intense sunlight, otherwise all of them can be dead within a half an hour.

Tips for anglers

If someone knows beforehand whether he intends to participate in a contest or just plans a few days with relaxing angling, which requires more maggots or gnats, it is recommended to contact your shopkeeper, thus he will have enough time to do the preparations for you.

The maggots are easy to transport if you seal them, but if they get warm during the transportation, despite of you cooled them down, a few of them will not survive. They can bear even a day sealed down, but right after the opening they will need around 2 hours to gain their recovery of consciousness. So, as long as you can secure their cooling, they can be kept sealed, but after that it is advised to put them in an airy box instead. During the angling, they have to be kept in a shady place, because they can get warm up easily.

The joker larva has to be kept chilled during the shipping and storage. After that, when it gets into the soil soon, it will surely last for days in a shady place.

The bloodworm should be brought chilled to the shore, and the selected ones could be left in paper, but in this case, you will have to moisten the paper regularly or you can put them in smaller dish, filled with water. After cleaning them from the peat, with a frequent water-change their skin may become harder, thus they will be easier to bait. The rest of the bloodworms should be stored in a plastic bag, preferably put in a shady place.

For the leech, the worm and the berki worm a shady place is recommended, because if they encounter with intense sunlight, they are inclined to perish soon.