So, boilies come in a range of sizes and that means that they can be used for carp of different sizes. They are a loose bait that is often used on the banks and are considered to be a freebie or food source bait. You don’t specifically need bigger boilies for bigger carp depending on the water and time of year.
These are baits that are not attached to the hook but they are specifically used to attract carp into the swim in the hope to get them grubbing, which is feeding on the area where you have set your bait.
Despite this, boilies can also be used as baits themselves and that means that they are put directly on the hair as part of the rig. Once a carp consumes the boilie, they should then be hooked.
However, what makes boilies so useful is that they work in a specific way due to the shape and size as well as the ingredients. As they are hard, they don’t suffer from wash out as quickly as other baits and they take longer to breakdown in the water.
Often, fishermen will have to deal with smaller fish consuming baits but making boilies of a specific time will prevent the smaller fish from taking the bait.
While the boilie sits in the water, it will slowly breakdown, giving off a scent and attracting fish to the area and this where the many different additives and flavours can really make a difference. It is also common to see fishermen using a catapult to add several boilies into the water at the same time. This will be done to attract carp into the area of the bait, in the hope that they will eventually take it and hook themselves.