For shy biting fish try my Doubley Wiggley Maggot Worm !
Ok, here is a little cunning tick I found works when the fish are pulling your float down but not on the hook. Sucking the life out of your single and double maggots, stealing your bait and not staying on the hook to have their picture taken
I offer what a lovingly call my ” Doubley Wiggley Maggot Worm”.
Essentially I make what looks like a small worm which covers the hook and leaves the hooks point in the middle of the bait. The fish trying to be clever only go for the bottom half of the maggot worm, but instead of cheekily sucking the tail of the maggot they find our hook point but to late.
I have used this on many occasions when nearly all my strikes on a sinking float lead to no fish on the hook and my landing success rate increase massively so this idea is now always in my armour.
Feed a maggot from the fat end on to your hook in a similar way you might load a larger hook with a worm. This idea is to have the fat end of the maggot up by the eye or spade of the hook covering most of the shank.
Add another maggot to the bottom of the hook in the normal way. You end up with the Doubley Wiggley Maggot Worm bait as shown.
Wishing you tight lines