Food for thought – Boilie fishing in Cape Town

Boilies have been around since the 1970s and are now one of the most established specimen carp baits worldwide. From sweet to fishy, bright to dark, tiny 10-millers to meaty 35-millers; name it, and you’ll be able to find it.

Author: CarpFever

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  1. Well said Wynand. BUT we still have to do more than feed with boilies. We have to feed boilies with value. We have seen here by us that fish tend to stay at a constant weight year after year. For example a fish that was caught in 2008 is still at the same weight in 2015. Reasons why nobody kmows. The dam gets fed with plenty of boilies on a weekly basis BUT does the dam get fed with nutritional boilies? We are hoping the dam will produce it’s first 40lber this winter.

    • Thanks for sharing some of your findings Gerrit! I totally agree with what you say about feeding quality (over quantity). However, even though a nutritional diet plays a vital role in how much carp can grow; there are a variety of factors to take into consideration in order to try and determine the reason(s) for the poor growth rates you’re currently experiencing. If you’d like I can send you information with regards to the following; however here’s some more food for thought to ponder over:
      – What is the water quality like? Is the temperature ideal for carp growth?
      – What is the volume of the dam?
      – What is the stocking density/amount of fish in the dam?
      – Is there a shortage of natural food?
      – How much are you feeding? As most fish eat only until they are satisfied; maybe a lot of feed is going to waste and contributing to poor water quality?

      I sincerely hope that by posing these questions it might trigger something and help you discover the reason for the poor growth rates. All the best. Can’t wait to see that pic of the 40lber!

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