A large part of carp fishing revolves around the baits we use, such as particles (which mainly consist of seeds and nuts), and more nutritional baits in the form of boilies. Boilies have been around for a while in South Africa, but it is slowly growing in popularity as anglers realise its benefits. New anglers can find fishing with boilies daunting and confusing – it is so easy to get lost between all those colours, flavours, smells and shapes available. With so many options to choose from, and the opportunity to make them yourself, where does one really start? Well, let’s have a look at the types of boilies available as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each, and perhaps you can decide for yourself. If you are prepared to opt for a smelly, messy kitchen… pop in regularly for a series of in-depth articles surrounding the boilie making process.