How to fish the wag n’ mag

Robbie Griffiths shares six tips for this classic tactic

How to fish the wag n’ mag

by Angling Times |

Way back when commercial fisheries first burst on to the scene, the deadliest approach for catching on them was the good old waggler and maggot. Here's six tips to get the most from the method...

Use loaded wagglers

Fishing with a semi-loaded float makes casting easy. A standard 1.5g or 2g Dura Wag is ideal.

Use loaded wagglers
Use loaded wagglers

Lightly shot the rig

I place 90 per cent of my shot around the base of the float, leaving just a couple of dropper shot down the line.

Lightly shot the rig
Lightly shot the rig

A swivel is essential

A swivel allows me to change hooklengths quickly and also prevents the line spinning up when winding in.

A swivel is essential
A swivel is essential

Keep feeding

Roughly 20 maggots are fired in every couple of minutes. That trickle of bait triggers the fish into having a go.

Roughly 20 maggots are fired in every couple of minutes.
Roughly 20 maggots are fired in every couple of minutes.

Float the line

Floating the line saves a split second on the strike. That will make a big difference to the number of bites you hit.

Float the line
Float the line to hit more bites

Feed short

Make sure that all your loosefeed falls a foot short of the float so it keeps the fish within casting range.

Feed short
Feed short on the waggler
Get on the wag n’ mag for nets like this
Get on the wag n’ mag for nets like this
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