Bob Nudd – Maggots In Ya Catapult!

Bob Nudd – Maggots In Ya Catapult!

A page dedicated to the 1995 British number 118 smash hit from Studio Fish featuring Bob Nudd – “Maggots In Ya Catapult”!

That’s right, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when it was deemed necessary for almost any popular figure (from sportspeople to soap stars) to record and release a single! In 1995, multiple match fishing World Champion, Bob Nudd, was convinced to record his own cheesy rap record. Forget the Anfield Rap; this is the Angling Rap…

This page (originally a magazine review) was long out of date and not really helping anyone so for a bit of fun I decided to update it with a link to hear Bob’s song in full, along with the complete lyrics to the song (which, to my dismay, I realised that no-one had ever bothered to publish on the Internet!).

Quite how Rage Against The Machine overlooked this song for their covers album, Renegades, is beyond me!

I met and spoke to Bob (aka “Snoop Maggie Maggot” & “The Maggot Ragamuffin”) several years ago and he lived up to his reputation as a thoroughly pleasant chap. Down to earth and with a good sense of humour. Sounds like I’m writing his dating profile! Anyway, I did once own Maggots In Ya Catapult on cassette tape. Purchased from Bob at “The Big One” fishing show at the NEC in 1995 or 1996. It holds a large element of nostalgia for me because I was quite into pole fishing at the time, so meeting a legend and purchasing his naff novelty record was quite something.

Maggots In Ya Catapult – Full Song

Without further ado, here’s the video:

Full Song Lyrics to Studio Fish featuring Bob Nudd – Maggots In Ya Catapult

Come whip fishin’ with the rhythm on a flick-tip
Bring a friend and a packet of biscuits
Bring your groundbait, bring your casters
I’m the man – King Maggot, the whip fish master
The blaster, the master caster
Compared to me there’s nobody faster
Ship me pole out, four metres to hand
That’s why you’re on the water and I’m on the land

Comin’ at ya! With my 40 foot pole
I bring a lesson for the young and old
I’m the superfly guy, the maggot ragamuffin 
Snoop Maggie Maggot, gonna knock out ya stuffin’
Whip fishin’, whip fishin’, that’s what I do
I’m twice World Champion* I’m telling you
Comin’ at ya! Gonna hit you like a thunderbolt
Groundbait, casters, maggots in ya catapult! 

(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!
(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!

(Oh lordy)

Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!
(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!

Look down in the bait box, what do I see? 
A big juicy maggot that’s lookin’ right up at me 
He says “Bob”, he says “Bob”, he says “Pick me!”
“You are the man, you are the man for me”
“You’re the Champion. The killer whip man”
“The killerest whipper on a flick-tip man”
“You’re the dead-leeeee rrriverbank wanderer”
“Yeah it’s official, you’re the whip fish conqueror” 

Big red maggot falling down through a cloud
I say it on my video, I say it out loud
A float before a cloud, a cloud in the water
Come little fishy ‘coz it’s time that I caught ya
A great big roach is what I need
It’s all just a question of rhythm and speed
It’s all just a question of balancing the tackle, your 
Groundbait, casters, maggots in ya catapult! 

(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!
(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!

(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!
(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!

Got the method for style in the edge for a while
Smile, smile, smile when I’m fishing in a trial
Got to bait for the weight, keep your head straight
If you’re gonna beat me then you’d better not be late
A big weight of bream is a match angler’s dream
‘Coz it means big points when you’re fishing for the team
I’m weighing in now for the final result 
Groundbait, casters, maggots in ya catapult!

(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!
(Oh lordy)
Maggots in ya catapult!
(Oh lordy)
Up, up, away!

*By the time the song was released, Bob had become Three Times World Champion! I’m sure it wouldn’t have broken the bank to re-enter the studio and change the line to “I’m THRICE World Champion…”

Bob Nudd – Maggots In Ya Catapult – CD Cover Artwork

Bob Nudd - Maggots In Ya Catapult
Bob Nudd – Maggots In Ya Catapult (CD Front Cover), 1995
Bob Nudd - Maggots In Ya Catapult (CD Back Cover), 1995
Maggots In Ya Catapult – Studio Fish feat. Bob Nudd (CD Back Cover), 1995

This page was originally (circa 2006) a review of the now-defunct Bob Nudd Monthly magazine. Print publications are vanishing without trace these days and I couldn’t find many mentions of Bob Nudd Monthly online, so for historical purposes here is the original review:

“Bob Nudd Monthly” Magazine Review

Originally published on the Anglers Today website in June 2006.

Whilst at the “Go Fishing” Show in early April, I was lucky enough to be given some copies of a relatively new magazine called “Bob Nudd Monthly”. As the name suggests, this is a unique monthly magazine, written almost exclusively by four-times world champion, Bob Nudd; available only by subscription.

Bob Nudd Monthly Magazine - 2004 Issue 8 - Front COver
Bob Nudd Monthly Magazine – 2004 Issue 8 – Front Cover

At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking the magazine is aimed solely at pole and match anglers. Whilst this is the case for a large proportion of the magazine, there are also plenty of features which would appeal to all anglers.

For instance, there is much which can be taken by specimen anglers, from Bob’s tremendous expertise, which he shares in several regular features, from instruction on specific waters in “Venues Masterclass” to “Bob’s Blindfold” – where Bob is taken to a venue he’s never tackled before – and explains his peg selection and which tactics he will use; but most importantly – his reasoning behind these decisions. I’m sure almost every angler has turned up at a new venue and not put in adequate footwork before selecting a peg – only to see someone turn up at the other end of the lake and catch twice as many! The kind of advice Bob gives, backed by his vast knowledge, should help prevent this happening.

Many reputable specimen anglers have emerged from the match scene – bringing their knowledge of feeding patterns and ultra-accurate rig presentation with them, and targeting larger fish. An example of someone who’s succeeded with just this, is Jan Porter. Once only spotted dressed all in red, trotting a stick float – now he’s a Shimano specimen consultant, dressed head to toe in “Real-Tree” camouflage! So, maybe the thinking specialist angler could do worse than take a few tips from the master matchman himself – Mr. Nudd.

In each issue Bob explains in detail, one aspect of match-style fishing – be it a certain method, or how to use specific baits to best effect. In issues I have seen, Bolognese-style rods are explained, as is the difference between types of leams – and their individual uses.
There is a full, in-depth account of all of Bob’s match action in every issue, which makes up a large percentage of each issue’s bulk. This is obviously dependant on how many matches Bob fishes each month. Once again, pleasure anglers and specialists can find important location, technique and bait information on specific venues, which can be invaluable starting points for future sessions.

An excerpt from the "My Way With..." section of Bob Nudd Monthly magazine
An excerpt from the “My Way With…” section of Bob Nudd Monthly magazine

In “Coming Through The Ranks”, the spotlight is thrown on an up-and-coming match angler to look out for in the future, with a brief profile of the angler, how they rate in the current scene and an in-depth look at their angling career so far.

The magazine itself is printed on thick glossy paper, giving a real quality look and feel. I’ve no doubt that this quality will make the issues resistant to constant reference use in the future and also add to their collectability value. I’m assured that all of the text in Bob’s articles is taken straight from dictaphone recordings of his own words – so what you’re reading has come straight from Bob’s mouth! A little humour is injected into the writing, and Bob’s clear down-to-earth mentality, and his kind approachability certainly shine through in the easily-readable style which he writes with.

I doubt that newcomers to angling would find Bob’s writing hard to ingest, there are plenty of tips which a novice would find useful. However, the true sign of a good angling magazine (in my opinion), is appealing to novice and experienced anglers alike, without alienating or patronising anyone; which I believe Bob Nudd Monthly achieves with ease. The text is accompanied by a good number of quality, clear, full-colour photographs throughout the magazine.

My favourite feature of the magazine has to be where Bob jets off to a different part of the globe in each issue, in search of specimen fish. These trips include cod fishing in Norwegian Fjords, fishing for 100lb+ Sturgeon on Canada’s Fraser River and fishing for 30lb carp on the mighty St. Lawrence River with boilies and bite alarms! Certainly not what you’d expect from Mr Nudd, although the famous white cap and burgundy clothes remain the attire of choice, wherever he goes!

He certainly enjoys trying the different aspects of angling though. Bob obviously prides himself in beating his own personal bests, be it his first freshwater fish over 100lbs (sturgeon), or finally breaking the magic “30”, to beat his old carp best of 29lb 7oz. There are quotes such as “…alarms – I love that whizzzzzzzzzzzzz noise, Believe it or not, as a match angler I find that relaxing!”, which hints to the reader that anything goes for Bob – as long as it means catching fish!

A feature article on Norwegian Cod fishing, from Bob Nudd Monthly magazine
A feature article on Norwegian Cod fishing, from Bob Nudd Monthly magazine

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Bob Nudd Monthly is only available via subscription, which also brings other benefits, like member only fish-in days with Bob himself, at some of the superbly managed Browning fisheries, such as Cudmore. As another incentive to join, Browning (Bob’s main sponsor since the 80’s) are also offering one of their “Syntec” coarse reels to every new member.

Further information, sample articles and subscription details can found on Bob Nudd’s website – www.bobnudd.com

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