Generally fishmeal flavours are better in the warmer months, fruity or spicy seem to work better this time of year. In the colder months generally speaking a smaller 8,10 or 12mm bait may work better because the fish have slowed down and not as hungry. If you are getting pestered by smaller fish then use a bigger bait. Small boilies can still catch big carp though. As for using a pop up or wafter these are usually used if your fishing over a weedy bottom or there is debris (chod) on the lake bed. The pop up sits above the weed so its more visible to the fish. Its also a case of trial and error with regard to flavour and colour as what may work on one water may not work on another.flavours
Generally it's commercials but I've been looking at some private club lakes for a regular fishing spot to reduce costs and hone my skills. I've never really used boilies at all so before I buy I wanted to get an idea.What sort of waters are you fishing? Size of fish, commercial lake, park lake, estate lake etc?
I think joining a club is a good idea, as you say saves a bit of dosh and in my experience more enjoyable than commercials especially if like me you like a bit of peace and quiet when fishing.costs
And sometimes it's worth picking something totally different, something they have not been caught on and have no fear of.I think joining a club is a good idea, as you say saves a bit of dosh and in my experience more enjoyable than commercials especially if like me you like a bit of peace and quiet when fishing.
A good idea would be to ask other anglers what flavours they are finding successful.