Boilie is a term used to describe boiled fishing bait. It is usually made with a mix of dairy proteins, fish meal, grit, poultry feed, and soy flour. This blend is then mixed with eggs to bind it and boiled to make a hard bait that lasts in water. Boilie manufacturers often add additives and attractors in the mix to make it tastier to fish.
Fishing boilies are rolled into balls because the shape makes it easy for fishers to catapult the bait into the water accurately. Boilies are a reasonably large type of bait, and because of the size and tough outer layer, smaller fish like bream or tench are less inclined to take the bait.
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The advantage of boiled baits is that they stay in the water longer than bread some types of hookbaits, without the probability of falling off the hook. Although bait suppliers usually produce boilies, you can also have a go at making your own homemade boiled bait.
Pop-ups are buoyant boilies, which float above the lakebed. The buoyancy makes it easy for fish to find the bait.
Anglers use pop-ups boilies in several situations, such as when there are weeds on a lakebed. A popular approach is to use pop-ups with a standard boilie in a ‘snowman’ rig. The pop-up used will be smaller than the normal boilie, which produces a “critically balanced bait”, making it easier for fish to bite.
Boilies come in various shapes and sizes. These range from micro boilies, some as small as 8mm to 40 mm boilies. When choosing a size, it makes sense to decide depending on the size of fish species you want to bait.
The best size for carp fishing is about 14 to 22mm.
Frozen or Shelf-Life?
There are two types of boilies on the market. Some include preservatives, and this type is very convenient as sellers and anglers can store them at room temperature for extended periods (shelf-life bait).
Boilies without added preservatives must be kept in a fridge or freezer to stop them from decaying. This type is sold as freezer boilies.
Anglers enjoy debating the benefits of frozen and shelf-life boilies. The standard view of many carp fishermen is that shelf-life boilies have fewer nutrients than freezer boilies, and hence are less beneficial.
Because of the extra nourishment, freezer boilies are usually more expensive than shelf-life bait.
The big downside of freezer boilies is anglers must keep them frozen to maintain freshness. While this is fine at home, it can present problems on a long fishing session, especially if they need to be air-dried before use.
Despite the disadvantages, freezer boilies are the go-to-bait for many experienced fishermen.
Having said that, in recent years, shelf-life boilies are becoming almost as popular. Thanks to advances in food technology, shelf-life boilies now offer practically the same nutritional benefits as freezer boilies, but without the hassle. The main advantage is their ease of use, as they do not need specific storage conditions.
The arrangement most often used by anglers is to offer a boilie as a hair rig (bait that is not connected directly on a hook). This setup allows the bait to settle on the back of the hook and act more naturally when cast in the water.
An angler’s chosen flavour usually depends on a few factors, such as the fishing location and time of year.
During warm months, a pungent fish-flavoured oily bait is a good choice. In the cold months, a sweeter flavour is often favoured, because fish eat less in the winter, and oily baits will leave them feeling full, so they end up leaving the baited area.
We advise choosing a boilie with a good blend of attractors and nutrition to fatten the fish up and attract them to your hook.
We stock boilies in 1kg-100kg bags, so whether you want to give our delicious boilies a try or build up a stock, we have a perfect size.