Hookbaits come in different shapes, colours, and sizes. The size most preferred by carp fishermen is between 12mm and 18mm in diameter. Regarding shape, hookbait is usually sold in cylindrical or barrel form.
Hookbaits are fitting for either short or long angling sessions.
Anglers will frequently use regular boilies as “free” bait to gain the fish’s trust, then use a hookbait of the same flavour to catch the fish.
Because they are already familiar with the flavour, the fish will take the hookbait of the same kind as the boilies used. Hookbait is more concentrated with flavour than boilies, making it likelier the fish will bite.
However, you do not have to use the boilie/hookbait technique and use hookbait without boilies. Some anglers don’t see the point of casting a single hookbait without free bait because they don’t think the fish will find a minuscule single bait in a large volume of water. But follow a few simple tips, and you’ll find the fish do take the bait.
When you use boilie-style hookbait, the hard skin created during boiling keeps much of the flavour locked in. It will leak out gradually, but you can speed up the delivery by shaving off the hookbait sides. This quickens the leakage and sends a strongly flavoured signal to the fish.
While making your hookbait as attractive as possible to the fish will give you a significant advantage, you also need to get the bait as close as possible to the catch. Carp, for example, are a species that don’t swim around too much when the water is cold, so if you see periods of inactivity, cast in different directions. If a fish presents itself, don’t pause to cast, as this could result in a quick bite.
Your rig and all other efforts are wasted without an attractive bait, as the fish has got to want to take it.
Thanks to their proven results, ease of transportation, and affordable price, hookbait is increasingly used by anglers, and we suggest you never leave for a fishing trip without hookbait as part of your fishing tackle.