I’m often bemused by some of the ingredients claimed to be included into boilies by some bait companies. I know the receptors in a carp’s mouth are very sensitive and can pick up the nutrients in bait with incredible speed. However, when you put several ingredients within the same bait giving off the same signals, surely all you are doing is overpowering the bait making it less attractive to our beloved quarry?

Another question I am often asked is ‘do I need to pre-bait?’ This is something I have never done. I believe that if a bait is carrying the right trigger signals, it will catch fish from the start. More importantly to me, go on catching time after time and year after year, even on the same waters. 

A leading question I am often asked is how much bait should I put in to get a bite? This is a very difficult question to answer and it is greatly dependent on how many fish are in you're chosen lake and indeed the way the fish are actually feeding at various times of the year. Are they pre-occupied on naturals and just picking off the odd well placed bait? Or are they ‘on the munch’ eating everything that is put before them? Or perhaps somewhere between the two? If there was such a formula I would be a very rich man but for me less is more.

Carp have incredibly sensitive receptors in the front of their mouths and within a second of holding a bait in their lips know if they want to eat it or spit it out. Therefore a well placed single hook bait will at times ‘out fish’ lots of bait. However, for my style of fishing I like to put out between five to ten handfuls of bait to get the fish feeding confidently and hopefully make them more likely to make a mistake!

My personal approach with bait is to use the one that I am most confident with. If I have been catching consistently with a bait on one of the lakes I have previously fished then I would be pretty sure it is going to catch on a new lake, despite whatever is predominately being put in. I do not go along with the theory that fish get preoccupied on one particular bait to the exclusion of any other, food is food. However, I do think they may have a preference towards some baits and to me that is the key to my carp fishing and it is the one thing that gives me the edge. Putting it simply, if the fish do not want to pick up that little ball of bait that you have on your hook we are all wasting our time

Remember any of the baits we manufacture the fish WANT to eat it!