The best baits for carp fishing

best carp fishing baits

by Aidan Bordiuk |
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As most anglers will be aware, carp can be caught on a whole myriad of baits and the best bait for carp fishing will always be up for debate. That being said, on some days carp can be incredibly particular about what they will and won’t eat, and it’s because of that there are so many baits available to the modern angler.

Today's carp angling is more focused around baits like boilies and pellets, with carp seeing more of these baits than any other. Packed with protein and goodness, the carp are aware of how good they are and continually eat them. That being said, classic baits like sweetcornand maggots still help anglers catch loads of carp every season, with many top carpers struggling to go fishing without baits like corn in their bags.

Best baits for carp fishing at a glance...

• Best Fishmeal Boilie For Carp Fishing - Sticky Baits The Krill

• Best Natural Paste For Carp Fishing - CCMoore Belachan Block

• Best Flavoured Sweetcorn For Carp Fishing - Sonubaits Banoffee Corn

• Best Prepared Tiger Nuts For Carp Fishing - Nash Sweet Tigers Nuts

Each angler will have their own favourite bait for catching carp, whether that be a special homemade boilie or something off the shelf in their local tackle shop, whatever works for you and gives you confidence is all that matters. Here is a guide to some of the best carp fishing baits available…


If there is one bait synonymous with catching big carp, it’s boilies. These round balls are packed with nutrition and are the perfect shape and size for hungry carp to feast on, at times it’s hard to believe just how many they are willing to eat. Whether you choose a fishmeal-based bait or a nut-based one, if you use a good quality boilie from a proven manufacturer the carp will never be far away.

There aren’t many baits that are as versatile and easy to use as boilies, adding to their popularity as a bait. They can be used straight from the bag, chopped, crumbed, glugged, whatever you feel like doing, and in a shelf-life version they don’t require any specialist knowledge to keep fresh. They come in different sizes too and above all else, they generally stay in the area you’ve baited without breaking down quickly, helping to deter nuisance fish so there is always some bait there for when the carp arrive.

Best fishmeal boilie for carp fishing

The bait that took Sticky stratospheric, Sticky Baits The Krill is an absolute monster of a boilie. It has caught all sorts of huge fish all over the country, from giant carp to monster barbel.

Wherever you fish, you can almost guarantee the fish have seen and been caught on this bait. Quite simply, it works.
No expense is spared with the raw ingredients and each boilie is made on a state-of-the-art production line at Sticky's spotless factory (we've visited and it's the best in the business). It's these little details that have led so many top anglers to use the Krill with confidence. 

Available in shelf-life and freezer bait, we have found no discernible difference between the two, allowing you to use both with 100% confidence.

Boilie sizes: 12mm, 16mm, 20mm (Shelf-life) 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 24mm (Freezer)


  • Packed full of natural attraction.
  • Incredibly fishy.


  • Quite a soft bait that doesn't always work well with a throwing stick.

Best all-season boilie for carp fishing

You would be hard pushed to find a carp angler that hasn’t heard of or used Mainline Cell boilies. It’s been one of, if not the most successful bait of the last 20+ years and it works instantly on most venues as the fish have seen it and enjoyed eating it time and time again. 

Mainline combine top quality enhancers and attractors with liquid food sources and enzymes to offer something carp find truly irresistible.

A very distinctive bait, pale in colour with an instantly recognisable sweet, coconut aroma. As the bait is not a fishmeal or a nut bait, it doesn’t seem to be more or less successful at any time of year, so you have no need to worry about changing it with the seasons. 

Boilie sizes: 10mm, 15mm, 18mm (Shelf-life) 10mm, 15mm, 18mm (Freezer)


  • Will work all year.
  • Same recipe has been successful for 20+ years.


  • A light coloured bait that can draw the attention of birdlife.


When it comes to carp fishing, one of the most popular and versatile options available is a pop-up hookbait. Whether they are cast as singles to showing fish or used over a spread of boilies, when equipped in the right circumstances they can be absolutely unbeatable.

In a range of colours, shapes and sizes, there really is an unlimited supply of pop-ups on the market and they are only limited by your imagination. You can use them as they are, trim them down for sight toppers on bottom baits and surface baits, or whittle them down so they sink precisely how you want them to, making your rig as effective as it can be.

Best pop-ups for single hookbait fishing

Special by name and special by nature, CC Moore Northern Specials NS1+ are a cult classic that transformed attitudes towards using small, bright and fruity hookbaits.

When you open the tub, you will be met by a burst of citrus and sweet, fruity aromas that you can’t quite identify but will have you coming back time and time again to smell, they really are that good. 

With lots of different flavours in the bait that all leak out at different rates, the bait will continue to pump out attraction long after it’s been cast out. Don’t be surprised to reel it in, in the morning and it still smells the same. CC Moore steam their hookbaits to lock in the flavours and colours, meaning you have no loss of attraction, you also get a liquid booster to compliment the baits. 

Available in lots of colours (including black), sizes and flavours, even down to 8mm in size, there will be something in the range to suit every angler and situation.


  • Smell incredible.
  • Available in 8mm for something different.


  • Would be nice to see a mixed pot of the larger sizes.

Best winter pop-ups for carp fishing

What started as a secret bait soon became available to the masses in the form of Sticky Baits Signature Pop-ups, after how devastating they were in testing. Sticky based the attractor package on a changing of the pH of the water surrounding the hookbait, and whilst it may sound scientific, it is just another way carp find their food naturally.

A combination of ten liquids and two powdered palatants create a bait with a wonderful, fruity, almost sour aroma that carp, especially in the cooler months, find very hard to resist. Each bait is then given a coating of a unique amino acid blend after cooking to give it a final boost.

The baits are sold in pots with three colours, a washed out pink, yellow and white, to give you options on the bank and save you buying the three separately.


  • Great attraction leakage in cold water.
  • Mixed colours in same pot.


  • Only come in mixed colours.


Originally developed for meeting the nutritional requirements of fish, pellets were designed to help grow fish quickly in the aquaculture trade. With special palatants and natural feeding triggers, they appeal to every sense of the fish and they instantly recognise pellets as a quality food source and will happily devour them, with some carp preferring them to anything else.

Pellets are one of the most used baits for all types of coarse fishing and one of the most adaptable baits out there. You can buy pellets flavoured in nearly anything you can imagine, from banoffee to spicy sausage, and they come in a range of different colours and sizes, meaning on any particular day there will be an appealing flavour to a carp. As long as they are kept dry, they can be kept indefinitely and by adding specialist oil to them or opting for a high oil pellet, their breakdown time in water can be altered to suit your needs.

You can band them, drill them, soften them, hair-rig them, whatever you feel necessary to achieve the best presentation you can, it’s easy to see why they are favoured amongst all anglers, but loved by carp anglers.

Best high-oil pellet for carp fishing

A rich, high oil pellet, these Dynamite Marine Halibut Pellets are great for attracting fish to an area and keeping them there. Thanks to their oil content, they don't break down very quickly, which makes them great for adding to spod mixes or when fishing longer sessions, where you need the bait to stay intact in the swim for prolonged periods.

Available in sizes from 3mm to 21mm, there is something for any situation, with the larger sizes coming pre drilled so you can hair rig them if you wish.


  • Very rich pellet.
  • Don't breakdown quickly.


  • Not the best to use in colder water.

Best carp fishing pellets for PVA bags

The Mainline Spod and PVA Pellet Mix is a unique blend of different sizes of pellet with varying oil content, designed to create a highly attractive mix with a staggered breakdown rate, leading to maintained attraction over sustained periods. Including pellets down to micro in size, this mix is ideal for creating tight air-free PVA bags.

A highly effective mix for specimen anglers, in a convenient resealable bag. We particularly love the various colours and textures which can be important for fooling more pressured fish.


  • Great for larger carp.
  • Nice mix of pellets with different breakdown times, ideal for PVA bags.


  • Some high oil pellets included, so check fishery rules first.


One of the original baits for catching carp is the humble sweetcorn. Coined the ‘yellow peril’ by some, this bait has an unbelievable appeal to carp, with wary fish that have never seen bait before happily picking up every grain you can throw in. Nobody is really sure why sweetcorn is so effective, whether it’s the colour, the texture or the natural sweetness but one thing is for certain, not taking some with you on a fishing trip will be to your demise.

Whilst it’s not quite as versatile as some other baits due to its soft texture, it is great for adding to spod mixes or for applying to margin spots. It just seems to be able to trigger a response when nothing else will, with many anglers having memories of catching their first carp on a float with a piece of sweetcorn. You can buy flavoured and coloured corn now, which all work great, with the tinned stuff generally considered superior to the frozen bagged versions. As long as its kept in the tin, unopened the corn can sit in your bag until you need it, so there is no excuse to not have a couple in there for when the fishing is tough.

Best sized sweetcorn for carp fishing

Specially selected kernels for fishing, Dynamite Baits XL Sweetcorn has the largest pieces of corn Dynamite can source, great as a hookbait and it provides the fish with larger particles to eat. The bait comes in a ring pull can to save hassle on the bank and comes with all the enhanced sweet juices the corn is cooked in.


  • Large kernels.
  • Canned with all natural juices.


  • The tins are quite small if you want to apply loads of bait.

Best flavoured sweetcorn for carp fishing

If you're looking for something different with your corn then the Sonubaits Banoffee Corn is exactly that, the stuff smells absolutely incredible and its proven very successful since its release.

Sonubaits source the best quality corn they can find and it shows, all the kenrless are uniform in size, tough and vivid in colour. Add to that the amazing banoffee flavour and you've got a wining combination for adding to any carp fishing situation.


  • Smells amazing.
  • Uniform in size.


  • Very sweet, can be appealing to other coarse fish.

Tiger Nuts

If there is one bait that the renowned big carp anglers would have to choose above anything else, the answer would probably be a tiger nut. This sweet, crunchy nut just proves irresistible to carp time and time again, with some big carp never getting caught on any other bait. This bait does put a lot of anglers off, as they are worried about not preparing it right or being unsure how to apply it correctly, but it can be very simple to use.

If you are unsure about the preparation, just buy a ready-made tin or jar, this not only takes the hassle away but many are cooked in the jar to retain all the natural juices and sugars, which just elevates the bait into something really special. Many modern needles will push straight through a nut, but a quick drill will make them easy to hair rig. They can be crushed, chopped or fed whole but the emphasis with tigers is less is more, you don’t need to feed loads of tiger nuts to get a bite, 10 to 30 nuts is generally ample to get carp interested and feeding.

Best prepared tiger nuts for carp fishing

The Nash Sweet Tiger Nuts are a fantastic choice to use, especially if you're unsure about preparing your own tiger nuts. They come fully prepared so they can be used safely straight away and they also benefit from being cooked in the jar. This locks in all the flavour and natural sugars, and the tub comes with all the tiger cooking liquid which is one of the best natural carp attractants available.


  • Very attractive to carp.
  • Cooked in the jar to keep all the natural sugars and liquid.


  • They will go bad so must be frozen once opened.

Best alternative tiger nut hookbait

If the carp become wary of normal tigers and you need a change of hookbait, the Dynamite Frenzied Black Tiger Nuts can be a real game changer. All the same attractors are found in the baits, it's simply a black colour instead of the golden one normally used, great for using over hempseed too as the fish see it as a big piece of hemp and will take without caution.

Cooked in the jar to retain all the natural sugars, they really are fantastic and offer something different to catch the carp unaware. They come in handy little hookbait pots too, so there is no waste.


  • Black in colour to offer something different.
  • Cooked in the jar to retain all the natural goodness.


  • Has to be frozen once opened.


A staple in most carp angler's spod mix is hemp, it has a remarkable ability to keep carp feeding in an area, with many anglers believing it resembles a water snail that the fish naturally feed on. Whether that is the case or not, carp really enjoy eating this little black seed and it is generally a must in your mix if you want to attract fish to the area. Hemp is super oily, which adds to the attractiveness and when fish are eating it, it can cause the water to flatten off or “slick up”, which is a great indicator that the fish are feeding on your bait and a bite could be imminent.

Hemp is generally left natural but one flavour many anglers seem to do well with is to cook it with chilli, the spice and oil from the hemp just seems to add a little something extra for the carp and it works really well. However, the original basic version is just as effective on the right day. Although you would struggle to present this on your rig, not including it in the mix can be to your detriment and it’s the basis to many a famous carp angler's mix.

Best prepared hemp for carp fishing

Dynamite Frenzied Hempseed is widely recognised as some of the best hemp available for angling. It is cooked perfectly in the jar so every seed is opened and the natural oil is preserved so you get the additional benefit of the hemp oil for your mix too.

Its large size is perfect for getting to the lakebed and keeping carp grubbing around for ages, it is preserved in the jar until opened, so you can always keep some in your bag should you need it. It is also available flavoured in chilli or garlic too.


  • Cooked in the jar, retaining all the natural oil.
  • Chilli and garlic flavours available.


  • Not PVA friendly.

Best particle mix for carp fishing

Nash small seed mix
Price: £6.99-14.99

The Nash Small Seed Mix is fantastic if you want to introduce a mix of seeds and particles into your swim without any of the hassle of preparing several batches of different seeds. The mix contains seven different food items including hemp and tares to give the fish lots of options, helping prevent them growing cautious or preoccupied on one single food item, which can make them difficult to catch.

The particles are cooked in the in the jar and sealed, locking in all the natural juices and oils to make for a very attractive base to any spod mix. The addition of Himalayan Rock Salt not only helps prolong the shelf life but adds extra attraction to fish seeking out the minerals.


  • A mix of different particle baits.
  • Cooked in jar with natural oils and added rock salt.


  • Can go off quite quickly, freeze to reuse on a next session.


When it is hot and the carp are lingering near the surface, the only way to tempt them is to put some 'floaters' out. Floaters is a term coined for a floating bait with many anglers using dog biscuits, floating pellets or specially made floaters designed by bait companies.

All have their uses, with the specially designed floaters having success where fish have been caught on normal biscuits a lot in the past. In terms of usage, it couldn’t be more simple, they can be glued to the hook, hair rigged, soaked or banded on.

Just keep feeding a few baits into the area consistently to keep the fish interested and feeding. Once their confidence is up, just make a cast and hopefully you will be into a fish before long.

Best floaters for carp fishing

Sticky Baits The Krill Floaters are the answer when you need a bit more attraction with your floater baits. The floater itself is an already attractive pellet that undergoes a special coating process where the super successful Krill flavour is added, along with special oils, to help pump out attraction as soon as the bait hits the water.

The oil helps flatten off the surface, which is useful in windy conditions, whilst some of the powdered attractors fall through the water column to help draw fish to feed from all depths. They are incredibly pungent in smell and are very visible with an almost orange glow, the carp go nuts for them. They are available in 3mm, 6mm and 11mm to keep the carp guessing.


  • Very attractive coating.
  • Float really well and can be used as hookbaits.


  • The birds like them too.

Best floater pack for carp fishing

The Sounbaits Floater Pack includes everything you need for a successful day of surface fishing in one convenient bucket. The pack contains 1.75kg of specially boosted 11mm floating pellets, that are great for feeding and hooking should you wish.

The pack also comes with other hookbait options in the form of 'Tuff 1' floater hookbaits in Fishmeal and Strawberry, to give you the option to change baits if you aren't getting a response.


  • Convenient pack to go floater fishing.
  • Very attractive pellets.


  • The tub is a little small if the fish are feeding well.


Paste baits used to be all the rage in seasons gone and in the match fishing scene where paste accounts for huge nets of carp, yet it has fallen out of favour in specimen carp angling.

Paste can be made from anything you like and flavoured how you want, but a real edge is to use the base mix from the boilies you are feeding, this contains all the raw attractors in their purest and most attractive form. When boilies are cooked some of the ingredients lose some of their attractors due to the heat and the skin a boilie has can lock in some of the remaining attraction for a while when submerged. Paste baits are super soluble so they release everything into the water column really quickly, which is easy to sense by the carp.

Paste is great when wrapped around a boilie or used on its own, it’s really worth trying it out to see the response it can get you when it seems there are no fish in your swim.

Best natural paste

If you're looking for a unique edge in you carp angling, trying some of the CC Moore Belachan Block moulded around your hookbaits will add so much natural attraction it will be hard for the carp to ignore. The block is manufactured from 100% fermented shrimp, so you can already imagine the smell. It appeals to all the olfactory senses of the carp, as it is packed with natural amino acids and is very salty, two things carp actively seek in their diet.

The paste is quite firm and breaks down relatively slowly, so it's perfect for moulding around a hookbait or using on its own, it can only add attraction to the area, so you can't over do it.


  • Super soluble.
  • Highly attractive to all fish species.


  • It is a paste, so it will breakdown quicker than other baits.

Best slow breakdown paste

Dynamite Baits Tuff Pastes are based on some of the most recognisable and successful boilie recipes ever, such as The Source and The Crave, which are responsible for the downfall of some of the biggest carp in the world.

Their sticky texture and slower breakdown time makes them great when used on their own but even better when wrapped around a boilie, you can even add the paste to a lead when fishing on rivers for an extra boost of attraction.


  • Some of the most recognisable flavours in the carp world.
  • Firm texture makes it more versatile.


  • Pots are a bit on the small side.

Zig Foam

Whilst not technically a bait, it’s hard to ignore the effectiveness of simple foam used for carp when fishing a zig rig. This method accounts for vast numbers of carp and in simple terms it involves popping a bait up so it sits up in the water column where the fish are happily swimming. Remember, carp spend a lot of their time off the bottom.

It is not known if the carp think the foam is an insect, a bait or if they just take it out of interest because it is suspended at the height they are swimming, but the effectiveness cannot be dismissed. You can flavour the foam to add extra appeal or spod sloppy mixes over them to draw fish in, but it seems a standard foam still excels when everything else fails. Colours that seem to be the most successful are blacks, yellows and reds, but on its day the most bizarre and outrageous colours can work too, so it’s always worth ringing the changes.

Best ready tied Zigs

If you're new to zig fishing or just want a simple setup then the Korda Ready Tied Zigs are an excellent choice. They come in loads of different lengths, colours and hook sizes to suit nearly every zig fishing situation you're likely to encounter.

They come ready loaded onto easy to use spools, simply unload the zig, clip it onto your rig and cast it out, it really is that simple. The only tricky bit is finding what depth the fish are sitting at, once you work that out it can be one of the simplest forms of fishing with some incredible results.


  • Easy to use, ready tied zigs.
  • Lots of options available.


  • Not as versatile as making your own.

Best Zig hookbait for carp fishing

The Liquid Zig Aligner Cap is a really innovative product that can help enhance your zig fishing, especially if you have little confidence in standard foam. The cap comes with a small foam insert, this gives you the buoyancy so you can plug in the Liquid Booster Cylinder, allowing your zig to slowly release liquid around your hookbait, this liquid release can last for well over an hour and is constantly trying to draw carp to your rig.

The kits come in a huge variety of colours, so there should always be something in the range to help tempt the carp when they seem uninterested in feeding.


  • Innovative design to enhance zig fishing.
  • Allows you to flavour the zig effectively.


  • The cap is one size so it isn't as versatile as just foam.

Natural Baits

When the going gets tough, the water cools or the fish have seen every processed bait imaginable over the season, using a natural bait can turn a lifeless lake into one that looks incredibly easy. A natural bait refers to anything unprocessed like maggots, worms and casters and whilst many think these are baits for catching small fish like roach, it couldn't be further from the truth, as carp absolutely adore them.

As all fish like them it can mean you need to put quite a lot of bait into the swim to make sure there is something left for the carp to feed on, this won't apply if there are no nuisance fish in your lake though. Sometimes just adding a small PVA bag full of maggots or casters can be the difference between blanking and having a red letter session. Worms have also proved devastating on a lot of pressured day ticket lakes in recent years, with anglers who don't have them in their armoury blanking compared to anglers hauling using them.

Best natural bait for carp fishing

Price: £2.00-4.00

You will find it impossible to find an angler who hasn't heard about or used maggots in their fishing, one of the most natural baits available, everything loves to eat them, especially carp. The colours that always seem to shine are white and red, for whatever reason a maggot dyed red is just too much for any coarse fish to ignore and is a firm favourite of many anglers.

Used as a hookbait on their own, in a large bunch or used to top off a boilie or pop-up, there are times when the fish will eat nothing else.


  • Natural option.
  • Irresistible to carp.


  • Do require a bit of looking after.

Best natural bait on pressured carp lakes

Price: £2.50-25.00

Worms have been used in angling since its conception, easily obtained from the ground, with most fish naturally seeing them in the wild, they are usually more than willing to hoover up any worm that falls into their path. Whether you choose to chop them up or use them whole, the natural aminos and juices that worms produce are one of the best attractors for carp you can find.

In recent times, many anglers have realised just how effective worms are and they have become a staple once again in many angler's mixes, they are just too deadly to ignore. You can use them in big bunches to provide a big target hookbait or use segments on your zigs to add a little extra in the hope of getting a bite.


  • Very attractive to carp.
  • Can often get you a bite when nothing else will.


  • Everything loves to eat them, so nuisance fish can be a problem.

Best budget carp bait for all scenarios

Bread is undeniably attractive to fish, for whatever reason, fish of all species find it irresistible and you'll find fish that have never seen bread before will readily accept it. When all else fails, a single bread flake can be all that's needed to fool a big, wary carp. Bread can be moulded into a tough bait, lightly wrapped around the hook to create a light, fluffy bait or used as a floating hookbait on the surface. Being such a versatile bait, it is easy to see why anglers favour it for such a variety of species.

When choosing bread to use for fishing it seems white bread outfishes any other variety in every scenario, it is also generally much tackier, meaning it will stay on the hook much better. Warburton's Toastie in the orange packaging or Hovis seem to be the most preferred options amongst anglers, with Warburton's taking the title more often than not. When it's fresh it moulds on the hook really well, is tough and you often get a couple of casts out of it, the carp absolutely adore the stuff too! If you're struggling to present it, you can buy products like the Nash Bread Bomb that help keep the bait on for much longer until a big carp slurps it up.


  • Cheap, readily available bait.
  • Very versatile and the fish love it.


  • It won't stay on the hook as well as other baits.

What to look for in a carp fishing bait

As mentioned, carp can be caught on a whole host of baits and tactics, the best bait for carp fishing will change depending on season, pressure and venue. There are some venues that never see a particular bait and that can be a green light to many anglers to try something completely different, giving the carp something they arent used to. Sometimes this can fail and the fish just don't recognise it as a food source but other times the results can be astonishing, as the fish have no caution and readily eat as much bait as you can apply.

It's always worth reading catch reports to see if the fish favour a particular type of bait or flavour on your chosen venue, there is very often a pattern to what the fish want to eat, you'll find some venues respond well to a fishmeal boilie whereas on others a nutty boilie is far more effective. It is important to note that as long as you use a good quality boilie the fish will happily pick them up in most circumstances and it's more about your confidence in a bait. That applies to any bait, make sure its good quality from a reputable manufacturer and you're halfway there. If you try and save money by applying cheap bait it wont serve you anywhere near as well in the long run.

Particle baits are often ignored in favour of boilies but this will be to your detriment, as long as the nuisance fish aren't prevalent in large numbers, particle baits like corn, tigers and hemp can be super effective at getting carp to feed and keeping them feeding in your swim. When the weather cools, anglers often turn to natural baits like maggots and casters to keep the bites coming, as even in the coldest conditions, these baits just seem to trip carp up year after year.


Freezer bait: A bait that has to be frozen in order to preserve it.

Shelf-life: A bait that has small amounts of preservatives added so that it can be kept fresh without freezing.

Amino acids:  Amino acids are molecules that combine to form proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life. When proteins are digested or broken down, amino acids are the result.

Fishmeal: Fishmeal is dried and ground fish, usually marine fish such as herring or sardines.

Palatants: Ingredient systems that are specially designed to improve food consumption by appealing to the taste or smell of an animal.

Water soluble:  The ability of something to dissolve into water, the better the solubility, the more easily it dissolves and spreads through the water column.

Base mix: A dry mix of ingredients that will generally contain some binders along with fishmeals, nut meals and various other ingredients that are manufacturer specific.

Pop-up: A fishing bait that is designed to catch carp and manufactured to float.

Particles: Small feed items such as nuts, seeds and pulses designed to introduce as feed to get carp to eat.

Spod mix: A term referred to by carp anglers to describe a mix of baits that will be introduced into the lake via a spod/Spomb.

Spod/Spomb: A rocket shaped item that is filled with bait and cast into the lake, it serves as an accurate way of intruding bait onto a spot.

Frequently asked questions on carp fishing baits

What is the best carp bait?

Unfortunately, due to the diverse nature of a carp's diet and the pressure we put them under as anglers, there is no wonder bait for carp and you must keep trying different things to remain successful. As the seasons change, so does the carp's preference for certain baits, with more natural baits like maggots tending to be best in winter and boilies and pellets far better in the warmer months.

How do you apply boilies into a swim?

Boilies are a very versatile bait that carp adore, they probably account for more captures than all the other baits combined. You can use a throwing stick or a catapult if you want to spread the bait about a bit, or for more accuracy you can use a Spomb to get them onto a spot. If the water is cold or you want to try something different, you can crumb boilies up into a powder and feed that into the swim, it is far more attractive to carp and it will keep them in the swim feeding far longer than whole baits will.

What should I put in a PVA bag mix?

When fishing PVA bags you have to be cautious about what you put in them, as they are prone to melting if the bait isn't PVA safe, so anything dry is the best choice. The number one bait anglers use in their bag mixes are pellets, they are dry, can be compacted down really well and are really attractive to carp. Use smaller pellets (below 6mm) as these will bind together better and allow you to get a more compact bag that will aid casting.

Author Aidan Bordiuk is an enthusiastic angler who enjoys all fishing disciplines from match fishing to beach casting. He is currently occupying the position of Commercial Content Writer at Angling Times.

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