PIMP YOUR BOILIES...
It’s so easy to improve the best carp bait
HAT is the one thing that all carp anglers have in common? Chances are that a round ball of boiled paste will be their bait of choice. perhaps boiling them for only a few seconds to make them much softer…
One very useful idea is to make baits that are much bigger than the norm. Most carp anglers use 15mm boilies in the UK, but carp can eat much bigger baits. Why not try making a batch of 24mm baits or even larger?
Not only will these big baits be immune to tench and bream, but the carp won’t have seen anything like them for a long, long time.
FLAKE & CHOPS
One of my favourite tactics, but one that I very rarely see used by other anglers, is to bait up using flaked or chopped boilies. You can buy readymade boilie flake, but it is easy to make your own using an electric food processor or hand-held food chopper. Just put a handful of boilies into the machine and smash them into chunks.
Flake is brilliant stuff – not only is every piece a different size and shape, but it also breaks the skin of the bait down, allowing the attraction to be released faster. Flat sides mean that the flake sits on top of weed or silt, but the most important factor is that flake is different to normal boilies.
My top tactic is to spod out a bed of boilie flake and fish a PVA bag of flake with a trimmed-down boilie hookbait over the top. Most other anglers will think you are spodding hemp or pellets – only you will know the secret.
GIVE THEM A SOAK
When boilies have been in the water for a few hours they turn a paler colour, swell and soften up and have a more subtle flavour. I am sure carp are more likely to pick up a bait that looks like it has been in the water for some time, and a soft soaked boilie will often catch more than one straight from the bag.
I know several top carpers who will take a bucket of lake water home with them and soak their bait the night before their next session. This is a bit extreme (and never use baits soaked with water from one lake on another venue as there is a risk of spreading disease), but you can get the same effect by soaking baits in the margins using a mesh bag. When you recast, your baits will look identical to the ones introduced at the start of your session.