Will Burrel, email
Q I’ve got serious tench and bream problems – what’s the biggest I can go with my home-rolled boilies before they start to deter the carp as well!? A We have all encountered this frustrating problem at some point, and in the past I’ve used hookbaits as big as 38mm to try to avoid ‘nuisance’ fish. Once you see a bait of that size in a carp’s huge mouth it really doesn’t look that big at all! So, if you’re targeting 20lb-plus fish then I wouldn’t shy away from using hookbaits of this size, alongside freebies of around 26mm.
Rig-wise, be sure to increase your hook size to match the bigger bait. I’ve found that using a big bottom bait, as opposed to a balanced bait, is better at deterring smaller species. This, coupled with a slightly longer hair, work wonders, because the smaller species struggle to suck the heavy bait from the bottom and certainly can’t suck it in enough to hook themselves on the long hair. Jake Anderson, Solar Tackle
Don’t be afraid to use boilies of 30mm and over to deter nuisance species.