Dear fisherman,

First and foremost, congratulations on the choice you have made!

By choosing SA.GI.P. baits, you have shown that you know how to choose the best.

In fact, by using our larvae, you will be able to fish with specific baits that have been conceived and tested by Trout Fishing World Champions, who are members of the company technical staff. SA.GI.P. baits are also used during the World Stream Trout Fishing Championships.

To reward your choice, as well as to favour product use in order to obtain the best results for you, we have prepared this manual for you, including detailed information and useful tips, so that you can get to know SA.GI.P. Wax Worms in depth, and thus enhance your sports day.

SA.GI.P. Management

SA.GI.P Wax worms

Clearly effective, SA.GI.P. worms are strongly recommended for lake and stream trout fishing. These high-grade and significantly effective baits are particularly appreciated due to their bright, strong and firm tissues. These characteristics are obtained by controlling each phase of the reproduction/growing process, and ensured by the special diet used during breeding. Thanks to these distinctive features- strong and firm tissues-, baiting is quick and long-lasting at the same time, highly resistant at line casting and pulling, and during the rotation generated by the angler (see page 4). SA.GI.P. worms are manufactured in different sizes, so as to take full advantage of each type of baiting.

SA.GI.P. wax worms are reared on 100% natural diets: for this reason, it is a product that respects the environment and the health of human beings.

How to bait a hook using a worm: general rules

If we look at a living larva, we can see that it only moves forwards, but never backwards, like crayfish. Therefore, in order to quickly know which tip of the larva should be hooked first, take into account that the head is on the end that moves forward, and the tail is on the opposite end.

The mouth is in the head- it looks like a black dot, and is made up of two highly muscular jaws. The hole located at the opposite end is the anus.

When baiting a worm by the head, the ideal thing is threading it with precision between the jaws, that is, centring the black dot. On the other hand, if the worm is baited by the tail, it is important to centre the anus. In this way, the bait will hold better when fishing, and we will obtain an optimal rotation. To centre these openings, the secret is to press the bait slightly, holding it with your fingers. In addition, for the hook to come out at the belly of the insect, it is always necessary to take it out between the legs, where the skin is thicker and more resistant.

The right way of baiting

In general, thin iron hooks are preferable, so as not to lacerate excessively the bait skin. Then, for each type of baiting, a specific hook size is recommended. In any case, in order to bait the worm, hold the hook firmly between your thumb and forefinger, at the height of the palette, with the end firm and slightly tightened inside the palm of your hand. Hold bait with thumb, forefinger and middle finger of your other hand, pressing slightly the point at which you want to thread the hook. In order to obtain a good rotation of the bait and good baiting resistance, pay the utmost attention to the hook entry point: whether it is the head or the tail.

The importance of rotation

Bait rotation means that when you pull the line, the bait must turn on its own axis, propagating very intense waves in water. Trout perceive these vibrations produced in the water through their sense organs, and their predatory instinct to attack the bait is stimulated. For such purpose, the baiting method, larva weight and the tissue consistency are key factors: SA.GI.P. larvae have been conceived to favour an efficient “rotation” performance, which contributes to the best result.

Baiting larvae:

Quick baiting with plummet

  • Hook:  6-7.
  • How:  thread through the mouth and take the hook out at the tail.
  • Appearance:  an arc on the curve of the hook, with exposed palette.
  • Recommended technique: plummet fishing for both float and bottom fishing, on a lot of voracious fishes.
  • Remarks and tips: resistant also for several captures, it is an easy baiting that is widely spread in speed competitions. This baiting is also considered efficient, as the whole bait is on the hook, and when the trout bites, the entire hook is already inside its mouth.

Quick Bombarda float baiting

  • Hook: 6-7-8.
  • How: thread through mouth and take the hook out a little bit before half the body, on the leg section.
  • Appearance: straight shape, 60° with respect to the line-hook axis, with half of the hook covered.
  • Recommended technique: Bombarda float fishing with flat weight, 8-15 grams, for float fishing on a lot of voracious fishes.
  • Remarks and tips: Clearly effective baiting, as it rotates very well when pulling the line, and it is also convincing for fishes that are faraway. It is necessary to let the bait be eaten well, so as not to miss striking the fish. With this baiting, there is a risk of tearing the bait with very violent throws or during the trout attacks; therefore, it is necessary to be light-handed.

Baiting with pointed larva

  • Hook:  No. 14 with thin line.
  • How: enter the tip of the hook just below the head and take it out immediately after.
  • Appearance:  extremely natural.
  • Recommended technique:  float fishing with Bombarda floats even in the middle of lakes, in combination with ends that are two to three metres long, or for rod fishing, with distrustful but hungry fishes.
  • Remarks and tips:  it is better to use a dark bronze hook. The result of this very simple baiting is presenting the bait as smoothly and naturally as possible. It is advisable to retrieve the bait from time to time a couple of metres, so as to force rotation and draw the predator’s attention, and then leave it fall down again in a completely natural way.

Baiting with larva on the line

  • Hook: No. 8-10 with thin line.
  • How: pass the hook along the whole worm, taking it out completely. It is the same starting from the head or from the tail.
  • Appearance:  straight larva on the line.
  • Recommended technique: long and very long float fishing.
  • Remarks and tips: very resistant baiting with which you will never lose the bait, which does not tear or get detached, after the first predator’s bites.
  • When the line is pulled, the bait moves irregularly and rotates, thus drawing the trout’s attention.

Baiting with larva at the middle of the body

  • Hook:  8-10 with short shank.
  • How:  thread the worm between the legs at the middle of the body and take it out at the tail, or thread up towards the head and get out at the head itself.
  • Appearance:  worm a little bit sideways, with the tip of the hook in sight.
  • Recommended technique: plummet fishing.
  • Remarks and tips: it is very special and requires some tests before finding the right portion for obtaining a good movement. For this baiting, it is necessary to use corpulent larvae; therefore, choose medium-size or large worms. Every time the fisher flicks the rod, the bait will move irregularly, which stimulates the predator.

Classical double baiting

  • Hook: 6-7-8.
  • How: the first larva is baited from the tail to the mouth and it is moved upwards over the palette; the second larva is baited through the mouth and taken out at one third of its body, on the leg section.
  • Appearance: L-shaped: the two larvae, head to head, must form a 90º right angle, leaving the tip of the hook uncovered.
  • Recommended technique: all the techniques.
  • Remarks and tips:easy to use and widespread, it is very effective for listless fishes that do not bite hard baits, or for bottom fishing, when a striking bait with optimal rotation is essential for getting good results.

Hidden double baiting

  • Hook: 8- 10.
  • How: the first larva is threaded from the tail and taken out through the mouth; the second larva must be threaded 3-4 millimetres below the head and move up towards the head, without taking out the tip of the hook.
  • Appearance: staggered larvae that hide the entire hook.
  • Recommended technique: rod fishing or with stick float.
  • Remarks and tips: easy to use and resistant with limited rotation, it is not very suitable for retrieve fishing, but its advantage is that during several minutes, the second bait remains alive and moves on the hook.

Meatball baiting

  • Hook: 6-7-8.
  • How:  the first larva is baited from the tail to the mouth and it is moved upwards over the palette; the second, third and fourth larvae are just pinned by their heads or tails.
  • Appearance:  the larva on the shank seems to be the head of the other larvae (which may be 2, 3 or more), which are shown as tentacles.
  • Recommended technique: bottom, rod or float fishing.
  • Remarks and tips:easy to use, without special tricks, very striking. It is very effective in hidden and turbid waters, fishing with float.

Living baits diet

At the time our baits are marketed, they have completed their development and do not require any further nourishment.

Preservation

In order to obtain the best baiting, living larvae must be preserved in the best way. Therefore, SA.GI.P. baits are sold in ventilated boxes; by using the original package for optimal preservation, you just need to check the ambient temperature where they are stored.

While fishing. Take into account that the external temperature must not exceed 30 degrees centigrade or drop below 0 degrees (do not freeze). At these temperatures, the bait will be preserved for an entire day of fishing.

While fishing, in order to maintain the temperature within the values given above, the use of thermal membranes or hand-warmer packets is recommended, in the event of extremely harsh temperatures. Keep the worms in the shade in the event of particularly hot conditions.

At home. The remaining baits must be preserved at a temperature between +3° and 15° centigrade. Remember that when the larvae have been stored in a cold place, they seem dead. In this case it is necessary to warm them slightly and gradually, avoiding sudden changes in the temperature. Shortly they will become firm and lively as before to favour your fishing action that otherwise would be damaged.

In any case, for an optimal preservation of living larvae, it is important to store them in a fresh room, with very low humidity, and to keep them clean: thus, throw away any dead baits you may find in the packages. In this way, you will extend the life of living baits.