The British Invasion of carp bait
Over the last few years carp fishing has grown in popularity in the U.S., but it’s long been the main passion of European anglers. If you chase suckermouths, steal a page from the European carp book and try a boilie.
This round bait ball, made with everything from soy flour to milk proteins to semolina, ranges greatly in size and flavor, as European boilie makers have their own unique ingredients and formulas. Most boilies float, and in the U.K. the bait is fished on a hair rig: The boilie is threaded onto a thin piece of line extending past the hook bend. Keeping the hook out of the boilie allows it to float up and hover just off the bottom, making it easier for carp to eat. Several U.S. tackle companies, such as FishUSA.com, import boilies and hair rigs to sell stateside. —J.C.
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