The humble boilie. It’s come a long way since the first mass produced boilies hit the shelves of our local tackle shops back in the 80’s. For those of you who don’t remember or those who were not even born, the first boilies were little more than mass produced balls of flavour. A very basic base mix, some colour and a bit of flavouring and away you went off down the lake gleaming from ear to ear with high expectations of catching the entire lakes stock in one day with the new wonder bait, the boilie!
Well times have changed, there are now hundreds of bait companies producing more complex boiled balls of carpy goodness! We can now choose from milk proteins, fishmeal’s, bird foods, additives, pallatants, enhancers and various other amino acids and liquids all designed to fool the wariest of carp.
Personally, I still like to give my boilies a little bit of an extra edge and I know this has accounted for a few bonus fish, just by being a little bit different.
For the benefit of this article I am using Sticky Baits Manilla but just stick to whatever boilies you prefer, here is what you need and how to do it!
You will need a bait bucket, a kilo or two of boilies (enough for your session), then you need some matching liquid and some powder or groundbait, this can be matching the flavour of your boilies or you can just experiment with different powders and liquids.
Quite simply all I do is take a bait bucket and in goes enough boilies for my session. Usually I am fishing 12hrs or so overnight so a kilo or two should be plenty but don’t worry too much as whatever you don’t use can be frozen again.
You can do this with frozen or shelf life boilies by the way.
Secondly, I add a good glug of the Cloudy Manilla Liquid, enough so that all the baits are coated.
Then, I add a good helping of the Manilla Active Mix. Now this stuff I cannot rate highly enough! What makes it so good? Well within are high levels of the matching base mix, along with a boosted level of soluble ingredients, which results in a far faster release of attractors than a boiled bait could ever achieve. When submerged in water, the Manilla Active Mix really comes to life releasing small food particles that will rise through the water column, drawing fish in and giving them that extra encouragement to feed whilst keeping food items to a minimum.
Close the lid on the bucket and give it a good shake, making sure all the baits are coated in the powder. Leave it for an hour and the Manilla Active Mix sticks to the Cloudy Liquid and the boilies themselves to create a very thin layer of paste type substance around the boilies.
Once they have dried off they will be seriously more attractive than a boilie straight out the bag and believe me they really do work! You can repeat the process as many times as you like. If I am using a boat or spombing boilies out, then I will often do the process 3 or 4 times to super charge them and make them totally irresistible.
Once in the water the boilies will start to release the powder mix into the water column and the cloudy liquid will leave a scent trail around your baited area, pulling carp in from far and wide and encouraging them to have a good feed!
As I said before if you finish your session and want to take your left-over bait home with you, just bag them up and stick them in the freezer but before you do give them another dose of the liquid and the powder!
TOP TIP – By glugging and then powdering your freezer boilies you also increase the time it takes for them to turn without the need for air drying, perfect for those trips abroad. In fact, the day before I go to France I often do a couple of buckets worth with 2 or 3 doses of the glug and powder and they are still perfectly fine a week later!
So there you have it, just one way of being a little bit different. Remember, if you fish the same as everyone else, don't be surprised if you only catch the same as everyone else! More bait tips coming soon, make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out, until then be lucky.
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