Boilies are by far the most popular bait for decent sized carp, as seen by fish reported to Angler's Mail news editor Thomas Petch, a carp fan himself. Thomas passes on tips for boost your presentation of boilies.
BOILIES are still the nation’s favourite carp bait and with good reason – they are relatively cheap, readily available, consistent, small-fish proof and carp love ‘em.
Smaller baits give a more subtle presentation and half a 14 or 15 mm boilie next to a size 10 or 12 hook has won me and a lot of other anglers a lot of fish. For a real fine presentation you could try a half 10 mm boilies on a size 12 or 14 hook but it will need to be a firm bait otherwise small fish will rip it off the hair.
This is another great option that is flexible in the fact you can have the two halves fished the same way or facing opposite one another for a real aerodynamic change. Again I favour 14-15 mm baits with a size 10 hook or go up to 18 mm with a size 8 or 20 mm bait with a size 6.
ONE AND A HALF BOILIES
I’ve lost count of the number of carp I’ve caught on this presentation that again totally changes the aerodynamics when fish blow the bait out. Fish the half boilie as shown in the picture so the flat side is furthest away from the hook. Use this presentation with 14-15 mm baits on a size 8 hook or bigger boilies on a size 6.
This presentation has caught out so many carp for me and it also has a variable option of using two whole baits so small fish can’t break off softer half baits or if nuisance fish aren’t a problem use a whole bait and then two halves for increased flavour leak off. Two 10 mm baits fit perfectly with a size 10 hook, double 14-15 mm baits require a size 6 and larger baits require a size 4 or even 2 hook.
This option gives you another totally different presentation that can be fished as singles or as I prefer doubles. Whittle down 18-20 mm boilies into squares and put two with a size 6 hook or one with a size 8 or 10. You can use scissors or a sharp knife to do this but I just bite the ends off. Making squares like this also gives a huge extra flavour leak off that can also help win more bites, especially on hungry waters. Save the boilie bits for PVA bags.