Monday, April 16, 2012

The Best Specimen Carp Bait Options - Issue 2


In the previous issue we discussed how difficult it could be sometimes to choose the perfect bait option for a selected venue. We focused on the preparation/ application an presentation of tiger nuts. In this issue we look at boilies.


Both pre-made and homemade artificial baits have been used by many, for years instead of natural ones. Many of these baits were born long before I was and from old recipes involving dough. The approach of these baits are the same as for natural baits. Simply get the baited hook into the strike zone of the fish.

Boilies have been used by almost all anglers in South Africa with great success. There are however a fairly large range of options available.  How do you decide on the product and when to use boilies rather than something else? Remember that a bait option used at one location with success may prove totally wrong for another and might even prove inconsistent at the same location on a different day. Nutritional content, rather than just high levels of attraction is the secret weapon. This will allow you to use boilies with confidence at the most demanding venues. 

For a better understanding of the science behind nutritional value of bait and the impact on carp behavior, please see eBook "Big Carp Bait Secrets". For more information on this eBook please visit

Proteins, amino acids, milk proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals / trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, bacteria, fermentation of baits, flavors, sweeteners, oils, taste enhancers / appetite simulators and addictive substances are all to be considered when choosing a commercial bait or when making your own.

Making Your Own

Why make your own bait? It takes allot of time, effort and it is available commercially already. What is there to be gained? Well, homemade baits can be made to cater for specific strategies or circumstances. Making your own concoction could potentially give you the long awaited advantage over other anglers. Why not experiment?

Basic Boilie Making Guide  

  • Break the eggs into the mixing bowl (4 large eggs for every 500grams of base mix).
  • Add the flavors and additives.
  • Add the base mix (For base mix options see below).
  • If the paste seems slightly dry just add an extra egg.
  • If the paste seems too sticky add a small quantity of base mix.
  • Now, use a rolling table to create the boilies. Rolling tables are available from your local fishing tackle shop.
  • Boil the baits for +- 2 minutes. Do only a few at a time. Once done, place the baits on a towel for a couple of hours until dry.
 The prepared boilies may be stored in a freezer until ready for use.

Selecting The Base Mix

Selecting a particular type of base mix or recipe is done according to the venue, the situation and time of year. Choosing the right option can be the difference between a disappointing and rewarding weekend. 

For more information on bait mixes see below

Boilie Presentation

Pop-Ups have become an essential part of today’s specimen carp angling. Here is a typical snowman presentation, a very successful presentation method used around the world. 
The smaller Pop-Up lifts slightly, reducing the weight of the larger bottom boilie (just enough so the hook does not lift as well).

The Twister Pop-Up Rig. The idea behind this rig is for the bait and the hook to be buoyant. This option is mostly effective when not allot of free bait is present.

PVA bags and stringer presentations can also be used. The same procedure used for the tiger nut presentations would be used for boilies.

Remember the following classic quotes:

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. 
Zenna Schaffer

The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
Patrick F. McManus

Tight lines!

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