Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Boilies part 2

Hello all
This is the second blog post relating to boilies fishing. In the first post I looked at how boilies can be made and a little bit about its history. In this post I am going to look a variety of ways in which the boilies can fished. Boilies are without doubt the most commonly used form of attractant for carp fishing, this then makes them sometimes the anglers best friend and worst enemy. I have known anglers to become so obsessed with boilies that they flat out rite refuse to use anything else. This can be a series mistake because there is no one wonder bait on the market. Boilies are great but they are not the be all and end all of carp fishing baits.

What I aim to do in the following sections is to go throw a variety of different yet simple ways of using boilies, and also to suggest to you what I have found out about using these simple techniques.
There is nothing in this post that you may have not come across before but it is aimed at someone who has just started out and is looking at covering the basics. 

Hair rig:

This is probably the most common way in which the boilie is fished.  The boilie is thread on to the hair rig and allowed a set distance from the hook.  The boilie is secured to the hair by the use of a boilie stop. Below is a step by step guide on how to attach the boilie. This can then be fished as a single or put in a PVA bag with freebies. This method of fishing the Boilie is so versatile it is no wonder it is the presentation that 99% of carp anglers start with.

This is the one I would recommend to any one starting carp fishing as it is the least complicated and will as long as you follow the guidelines on how to tie the rig you will most certainly catch on it.


The snowman rig is a combination of a bottom bait and a popup . The principle here is that the pop up balances the bottom bait and make a critically balanced bait, so when the carp sucks up the bait it should not feel or beware of the hook. Below is a step by step guide on how to assemble a Snowman Rig

Slide the pop up on first then the bottom bait.

Second slide both on to the hair, the bottom bait should be nearest the hook and the pop up should be furthest away.

Secure the lot with a boilie stop and there you go. A balanced bait ready to land a carp.
This is one of my favourite boilie presentations it adds both colour and smell to the mix, and it is without doubt the way I have caught the majority of fish. This is a good boilie set up to move on to once you have built up confidence. It is not a difficult bait to fish and allows a different style of presentation.

 Other use of the boilie

Freebie: This  is the practice of throw a set amount of boilies in to your swim or area of interest to attract the fish, you then add your hook bait to the baited area and hope that fish has gained enough confidence of eating the freebies that it will pick up your hook bait as well

Another way of offering boilies is by Crumbing /or chopping boilies. This can be done by hand or by a device such as a Korda Krusha

This breaks the boilie down and allows extra attractant power from the boilie has the oils are able to disperse quicker, as shown below.

Method mix or PVA sticks:  crushed or whole boilies can be added to a method mix or PVA sticks for attractants. These have the same effect as described above where they are introduced to stimulate the fish to get them feeding with the hope of the fish taking the hook bait.

Throwing sticks and catapults:  To fish your boilies at range you can use either a catapult or throwing stick. For extreme range a throwing stick would be my first choice as you have more control on the delivery of the boilie and are able to get greater distance. Below shows a step by step guide on using a throwing a stick
Now ok its a korda one, but it is a good explanation of how to use a throwing stick

A catapult I would use for medium and short range boilie work, now I am no expert with a catapult but with a bit of practice you can drop boilies in with surprising accuracy.

As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, the idea of prebaiting with boilies is to get the carp moving about and looking for the bait,  so do not throw in a huge pile as the fish will eat the lot and move off leaving your hook bait behind. By spreading the boilies out it will cause the fish to move about and this should attract other fish to the area and create a feeding frenzy.  At this point you should get a run as the fish become less wary of the bait and more concerned about eating the boilie and less about being caught. The size of area you bait depends greatly on the size of the lake. As I fish small lakes the size of the area I bait up in relation to the lake tends to be quite large, may be a 30ft by 10ft area. I would then put a small PVA bag of crushed or crumbed boilie on the hair and cast in. Here’s a thing you see occasional, some anglers spend time baiting up and then use a totally different boilie, now I am not saying it wouldn’t work but I have found that the best results have come from using matching hook baits to freebies.

There we go guys and gals hope you find some of this useful,  this post will be best suited for beginners, but there is no reason why you cannot take what I discussed here and experiment yourself. Remember whatever you do the fish’s safety is paramount.

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