The choice of boilies out there is incredible. Sizes, colours, flavours, ready-made, frozen, pop-ups but boilies are not just a firm favourite for carp fishing, boilies are just as good for catching bream and other fish species.
Main types of boilies
The two main categories or types of boilies are frozen boilies or ready-made boilies you buy off the shelf (frozen don’t contain preservatives). They will both come in a choice of flavours but you’ll find they have similar base ingredients which are either milk protein, bird food or fishmeal.
Fishmeal boilies are popular and can be used on nearly any waters and best used in summer time as the warmer waters help to spread the flavours to attract fish. The fishmeal boilies do absorb flavours easily so if your swim is quite silty think about how the boilies might absorb the silt and become off putting to a hungry carp.
As the name, bird food boilies suggests, the main ingredient is a variety of seeds and can be great as carp do like a bit of crunch. Best used in winter, they can provide a good amount of dietary nutrition to carp.
If you like glugging your boilies in flavoured dips, milk protein boilies are the ones to use as they suck up the additives. If you’re fishing busy waters then a unique flavour could be your ticket, great for carp fishing in winter or summer months.
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