Boilies & Pop Ups
The most effective Fishing & Carp Boilies you can buy!
You will discover a fabulous range of boilies from the excellent Kai X Baits range here at Fishing Boat World. If you are new to angling then you may be wondering exactly what boilies are?
Boilies were invented by Fred Wilton in the 1970s in order to create a bait with a hard skin that would appeal to carp but which other species were less able to tackle. They were also formulated so as not to break down quickly in the water.
Named for the process with which they are made, boilies are a hard fishing bait made from a boiled paste. They combine flavoursome ingredients including fish meal, milk proteins and grains which are mixed with binding agents. Boilies can be in the water a considerable time before they start to break down and their shape means that they can be cast with accuracy when required. Boilies are available in a variety of sizes, colours and flavours to suit your needs. They are most often used on the hair rather than as hook baits and will quickly attract fish to your swim and keep them there.
The Kai X Baits range features highly effective boilies enhanced with coconut, pineapple or strawberry flavourings to provide an irresistible proposition for your target catch. If you are looking to land a record breaking carp then you need the best boilies to help you and that is exactly what you will find here at Fishing Bait World.
It all boils down to using good quality fishing boilies!
Boilies are hard fishing baits which are made using a combination of flavoursome ingredients mixed with binding agents. This bait is highly effective when carp fishing and is available in a wide variety of sizes, colours and flavours. Boilies which float and so do not rest on the bottom are called pop-ups and we have excellent choices from Kai X Baits here at Fishing Bait World.
How to Make Your Own Boilies
If you enjoy fishing for carp, barbel, catfish or tench, it's a great idea to make your own boilies. A little DIY enables you to tailor your bait to your needs and to experiment with flavours. Your pride in your catches will be considerably enhanced when you know that you created the successful bait yourself!
Happily, homemade boilies do not require a huge investment in equipment and accessories. Much of your outlay will be recouped by not having to buy the boilies. You will be able to create hard baits for long sessions and soft baits for when conditions are favourable. You could consider adapting your boilies to make pop-ups and it is definitely a good idea to test out a few different flavours to see which works best for you.
All you need is a mixing bowl, resealable plastic bags, a saucepan and some kitchen towel. Add cork balls to your shopping list too if you want to make pop-ups.
Your basic ingredients are crushed hemp seed or a suitable base mix, 4 eggs and your chosen flavourings. Flavourings could include anything from Marmite, molasses or milkshake powder to proprietary bait flavourings. You could also test the water with chilli powder, shrimp paste or anything else that springs to mind!
Step 1 - Mix Your Dry Ingredients
Take your dry ingredients (approximately 25 tablespoons in total) and place in a plastic bag. Seal the bag or hold it shut and give the ingredients a good shake to mix them thoroughly.
Step 2 – Mix Your Wet Ingredients
Crack the four eggs into a mixing bowl and beat. Add any wet flavourings and beat the mixture again until the ingredients are blended nicely. 10ml to 20ml of fish oil added to your bait at this stage not only enhances its attraction, but also makes the bait easier to roll.
Step 3 – Making Your Paste
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture in the bowl. You are looking to create a firm, malleable paste which is not too wet and not to dry and crumbly.
Step 4 – Rolling
Take small amounts of paste and roll into balls. If you wish to make life easier, invest in a bait-making sausage gun and a rolling table. If you are using these accessories, extrude a sausage of paste across the rolling table, add the top section of the table and slide forwards and backwards on the lower part to roll the baits into shape.
Step 5 – Boiling the Bait
Boil the balls of bait in a saucepan of water until they rise to the surface. This should happen after roughly one minute. Remove the bait and place on the kitchen towel. Boiling the balls gives the bait a hard exterior.
Step 6 – Drying Your Bait
Leave the bait to dry out and harden at room temperature. This process will take roughly one hour. The bait can then be used immediately or stored in your freezer for when you need it.
If it is pop-ups that you are after, simply wrap the paste around cork balls before boiling. These will have to be made by hand rather than using a rolling table.
Why Use Pop-Ups?
Pop-ups are generally brightly coloured and should be used when you require bait which stands out from bait on the bottom. You might think that fish would be wary of baits which stand out from other bait but they will actually take pop-ups readily. Pop-ups are also a wise choice when fishing lakes with weedy bottoms as the weeds can obscure other baits from the fish’s view. Pup-ups should also be used when you are fishing where there are a lot of fish close to the edge of the water. You are less likely to suffer a foul hook and the movement of the floating bait will attract fish’s attention, especially when the water has a strong colour.
Pop Ups are useful when your rig could be likely to get caught up as the buoyancy of the pop up should ensure that your hook stays clear of trouble.
Of course every carp is different and whilst some will shy away from brightly coloured baits, others will be drawn to baits that stand out. Through experimenting with different boilies and pop-ups and perfecting your rigs you will find the set-up that yields the best results for you.