One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The larva of the common housefly, used by anglers as bait.mass noun ‘catches are of small roach on bread or squatt’count noun ‘bread and squatts worked a treat’
- ‘Close by was Kevin Weatherall who fished bronze maggot over hemp for an all-roach net of 12 lb 13 oz to edge out Paul Burton (Anglers World York) who alternated squatt and maggot for his mixed net of 12 lb 9oz.’
- ‘Alternating squatt and pinkie over groundbait at 10m he netted roach, perch and gudgeon for his 6lb 10 oz.’
- ‘He alternated squatt and bronze maggot over groundbait and hemp at eight and 11 metres for roach and perch scaling 2.790.’
- ‘But Shaun wasn't afraid to ring the changes as he also tried squatts, pinkies, worms and casters on sizes 20, 22 and 24 hooks.’
1930s: perhaps from the adjective squat.
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