I AGREE, PIMPED-UP BOILIES ARE THE BUSINESS!
PAUL Garner’s thoughts on boilies this week are really interesting (see pages 44/45). He advocates changing their shape or texture and even making your own using ready-made mixes from reputable producers, but to your own consistency, colour and even flavour.
All that is admirable and, as Paul says, carp get everything they need from a quality boilie to grow and flourish. However, I don’t like ‘bait’ to mean ‘food’, especially where carp are concerned. Unless the volume of unnatural food eaten is strictly controlled the fish become weak and less resistant to stress, which in turn invokes KHV and other ills.
From a bait point of view I concur with Paul completely. It’s the old ‘pop-up-over-a-bed’ or ‘single bright hookbait’ theory with knobs on.
I’ve been doing a bit of semi-proper carping lately and I Spomb out a wide variety of food items – pellets, corn, chopped boilies and so on. I think the variety confuses the fish, making it easier for them to slip up and take a hook while grazing. It’s a similar theory to my old match fishing tactic of feeding casters and hemp and using maggots on the hook.