What are Boilies?

In short, they are little balls of paste consisting of bird feeds, proteins, soya flour and semolina. sounds delicious, eh?Now mix all that together with some questionably fuzzy ‘use by date’ eggs and hey presto, you have yourself a base mix. The mix is then rolled and formed into something like a ball, and then boiled until hardened. To raise the appeal of these little hard-boiled goodies, manufacturers add a range of colours, flavours and smells to make them irresistible to carp and other species alike. Factory produced boilies are churned out in huge numbers using large machines, but the aspiring home chef can do just as good job from the kitchen with a few pieces of equipment and a slice of imagination.

Bottom Boilies vs Popups

Bottom baits sink, hence lay on the bottom, Pop-ups are buoyant and you guessed it, ‘pop up’. Aided by the addition of cork dust in the base mix. Different situations and rigs lend themselves to each type. Clean, clear lake beds for instance, where fish are feeding off of the bottom, would suit a basic bottom bait hair rig. Whereas a weedy, snaggy bottom would often suit a popped up bait away from the ‘chod’ to aid visibility and accessibility. These are just a couple of scenarios, though, and you can read much more in our various rig guides.

Wafters, (not the sort you slyly despatch and shuffle over to the other side of the room), are somewhere in the middle and have enough buoyant material to lift slightly off the bottom and ‘waft’ with the lifts and dips in the water.

Boilie Size

Firstly, consider the size of your target fish. Big carp tend to enjoy all shapes and sizes. Smaller fish, however, may find a whopping great 22mm (largely the biggest standard diameter boilie you’ll find in stores) hard to swallow and therefore will shy away. Bigger baits are useful in lakes where there are numerous other ‘pest’ fish and wildlife competing for food. Be warned, pretty much everything that finds your boilie will want to eat it!

Shelf life vs Fresh Boilies

The difference here is the addition of preservatives, giving your bait a ‘shelf life’. Much like what you would find on a tin of beans in Tesco’s. Quality wise, the difference is nominal. Some fisheries prefer the use of frozen or fresh boilies to keep the fish and the water in optimum condition.

 Top Tip : Boilies often contain a high concentration of smells and flavours making them highly potent. Be sure to store your frozen baits well away from the familly food supplies, as you may find your chicken nuggets start to taste of your favourite bait!

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