What Are Boilies for Carp Fishing

By   January 1, 2014

carp-317196_640As an American learning how to fish for carp, I kept coming across suggestions and ways to catch monster carp with boilies. The problem was, as your typical pan and sport fisherman; I had never encountered these boilies.

Hopefully, if you are just entering into the great experience of carp fishing, you can start out a bit less clueless than I was on the effectiveness of using boilies for carp fishing.

What is a Boilie?


Your typical boilie bait is a solid ball made from a base of grains, milk or fish proteins and egg. They get their name because of the process used to make them. After a thick paste is made from the base ingredients, balls are formed and then boiled. From there, the bait is left to dry out or dehydrated.  The boiling and drying process gives boilie baits their definitive texture and stability, differentiating them from other types of dough baits.

Why Boilies?

There are three main reasons on why biolies make ideal carp bait. The first being their ability to stay submerged for a long period of time and sill maintain their structural integrity. Because a boilie is harder then other baits, it will remain on your hook or rig without needing continually checking and maintenance.

The second benefit to boilie baits over other carp baits is the ability to customize the ingredients and, thus, the taste and smell of the bait. This allows anglers to tailor their bait to what the carp in their region or lake prefer. Boilies can easily be made to be sweet, stinky, or savory depending on the ingredients added to the base mixture.

The third advantage that boilie baits have is that they are pretty inexpensive to buy or make. The base for boilies is made out of common ingredients, which are easily available in bulk. This allows the boilies to be produced at a low price. Because of their low cost, I typically stock up on a few varieties so I can adjust to which ever mood the carp are in.

Bought vs. Home-Made Carp Boillies

Starting out, I found it easier to purchase boilies and I still do from time to time. There are a wide variety of flavors, styles, sizes and colors of carp boilies on the market. Purchasing baits gives you the opportunity to try a variety without committing the time to making your own. I also recommend buying your first batch so you can become familiar with the desired texture of the balls. While the availability of boilies is growing in the U.S. the varieties available at most retailers is still limited. The make the most out of your boilie bait experience, consider buying them online from a supplier in the UK. Bolilies have been popular there for decades longer than they have been in the states, so take advantage of the global market.

Eventually, I had to try my hand at making my own special blend of boilies. The process was a bit more involved than making dough bait for catfishing, but not a process that wasn’t worth the effort. If you are interested in making your own boilies, we have a list of Boilie Bait Recipes you may be interested in checking out. The main advantage of home-made boilies is the price. They cost about a quarter of the price to make as they do to buy.

If you enjoyed this article about boilies for carp fishing, check out more Lake Fishing Techniques for Carp, on Lake Fishing Techniques and Tips. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated!

Author: Brian Ward

Jan 1, 2014

One Comment on “What Are Boilies for Carp Fishing

  1. John l.

    If I skip the boiling process,is there any way you could use this method as a super dough ball? I love carp fishing but don’t like the whole trouble of messing with the rig.

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