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Best Carp Boilies

By August 16, 2020August 19th, 2020No Comments
Best Value
Starmerbaits Carp Boilies
5/5
Another Great Option
The Krill
5/5
Best Performing
Vampire Garlic
5/5

For those of you new to carp fishing, boilies are the most common bait used by serious carp anglers. 

Boilies have been around since the ’70s in one shape or form and have evolved to what we have today.

There are, however, a lot of carp anglers who use secret carp baits which work best for them and I’m a big advocate for using whatever works for you! 

But boilies are my most successful bait for carp by a mile.

Not only are they super powerful, but they are also incredibly convenient and easy to use, carry around and store.

A boilie is essentially a paste bait that’s boiled (hence the name boilie) or cooked. Ingredients often include flour, eggs, and then additives which help attract carp.

From bbq & beer flavours to more common garlic there is a wide variety to choose. And unless you have tested them out (like me), then it’s hard to know which work well. 

But ill let you onto my secret. I use all three of my top picks. Mixed together the flavours and scents drive carp into a feeding frenzy. 

Top 3 Picks

Let’s take a look at our top 3 rods from this list and go over why we picked them!

Best Performing Carp Boilie

The Vampire Garlic boilies by Radical are incredibly smelly. Once I had opened the pack up, my other half could smell them from across the house. But this is what you are looking for, and I imagine one of the reasons these boilies perform so well. They are surprisingly affordable on amazon.

Another effective Carp Boilie

The Krill by Sticky Baits are another fantastic option. With a flavour and smell that carp seem to love. If you are looking for a smaller boilie, these are available at 12mm diameter which is excellent for smaller carp.

Best Value Carp Boilie

The best value carp boilie is the Starmerbaits boilie cutoffs which are a bag containing mixed sizes, flavours and colours. While this has provided me mixed results, pun intended, this bag of cutoffs is an incredible value. Getting 5kg of boilies for a fraction of the usual price is honestly game-changing.

Best Carp Boilies in 2020 Reviewed

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1. Quantum Radical Boilie Vampire Garlic

Reasons To buy

  • Very Effective
  • Strong Smell
  • Long Shelf Life

Reasons To Avoid

  • A little expensive if you want to groundbait

Vampire Garlic Review

The Vampire Garlic boilies Radical are are incredibly smelly. Once I had opened the pack up, my other half could smell them from across the house. 

But this is what you are looking for and I imagine one of the reasons these boilies perform so well.

The smell dissipated from the house quickly after placing them in my trusty boilie tub and closing the lid. 

Like all the boilies on this list, they can be stored for long periods of time which makes them super convenient.

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2. Starmerbaits Carp Boilies

Reasons To buy

  • Very Affordable
  • Great For Bulking Out Bait

Reasons To Avoid 

  • If you don’t have a lot of storage
  • If you are looking for the most effective boilie

Starmerbaits Carp Boilies Review

These are the best value carp boilies on the list. The Starmerbaits cutoffs are a bag containing mixed sizes, flavours and colours.

While this has provided me mixed results, pun intended, this bag of cutoffs is an incredible value.

Getting 5kg of boilies for a fraction of the usual price is honestly game-changing.

When I have used these on their own, I have had mixed results. sometimes they work great, other times they lack a bit of smell or leakage into the water.

But when I use them as a supplement to my more expensive boilies, they end up saving me a ton of money.

So I do think that everyone should get a bag of these to bulk out the mass of boilies at one’s disposal.

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3. Sticky Baits The Krill

Reasons To buy

  • Very Effective
  • Strong Smell
  • Long Shelf Life

Reasons To Avoid

  • A little expensive if you want to groundbait

Sticky Baits The Krill Review

The Krill flavour boilies by Sticky baits are another fantastic option. With a flavour and smell that carp seem to love. 

If you are looking for a smaller boilie, these are available at 12mm diameter which is excellent for smaller carp.

So whether you are looking for a boilie for a hair rig or for grinding down into a ground bait, these are fantastic.

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4. Quantum Radical Bloody Chicken Boilies

Reasons To buy

  • Very Effective
  • Strong Smell
  • Long Shelf Life

Reasons To Avoid

  • A little expensive if you want to groundbait

Quantum Radical Bloody Chicken Boilies Review

Chicken liver is a great carp and catfish bait. So it’s no surprise that chicken flavoured boilies are successful.

I love the colour and the leakage of these boilies. For me though, I do prefer the garlic boilies but if I couldn’t get those then these are the next best thing.

The Bloody Chicken Boilies with the bloody chicken bait powder is very, very attractive.

So if you are fishing on larger water and are not sure where carp like to congregate then you will want to use this combo to bring the carp closer to you.

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5. Radical Fishing Rastafari Boilie

Reasons To buy

  • Very Effective
  • Strong Smell
  • Long Shelf Life

Reasons To Avoid

Reasons To Avoid

  • A little expensive if you want to groundbait

Radical Fishing Rastafari Boilie Review

Hemp is something a lot of carp anglers use as bait.

Carp do seem to love it and its no surprise that Radical has made a carp boilie with this flavour.

As with most boilies, the best ones tend to be imitations of carp bait anglers have used for decades.

The hemp boilies by Radical are probably the most underrated on this list. When I think back to the times I have used these boilies, they have been very effective.

But for some reason, I still prefer the others on this list a little more. Maybe that’s just personal preference.

However, if you are used to fishing with hemp and you know the carp in your area like that.

These would be your go-to boilies for carp.

What makes a great carp boilie?

Shelf Life

One of the most important aspects of boilies, and personally why I chose to use them. Is that they are easy to store and for the most part have a year shelf life.

Now while I do tend to use them up way before they reach the use by, its still so much more convenient than a rotting mess in my fridge, cupboard or freezer. It also keeps the missus happier!

What colour of boilie is best?

What colour of boilie is best?

Choosing the best colour of boilie isn’t as simple as choosing the brightest, you should pick a colour which contrasts with the bottom of the water you are fishing on.

Both dark boilies and bright boilies work just as well. But I would give a slight edge to red or white boilies.

These tend to stick out against most floor beds but if you are fishing somewhere with a pale floor bed then I would go for a darker coloured boilie.

Flavour

This one is more personal preference. Not necessarily your choice, but more the favourite of the carp in the waters you fish. For this reason, it’s good to have a mix!

Conclusion

These are my 5 top boilies for carp fishing. Whether you are new to carp fishing or using boilies, I would recommend giving them a go.

They are much more convenient than making up a bait mix and have a much better shelf life.

Carp are hungry fish and almost any bait you present will entice them to feed. They really don’t need much of an invitation. Check out this guide if you are looking for less well-known baits for carp fishing.

Let me know in the comments if you think boilies are a stroke of marketing genius or if you swear by them.

Personally I have had incredible success with boilies, but I’ve had some of my best carp without them.

Carp Boilie FAQ

How long do shelf life boilies last?

You can store your boilies in an airtight container for up to 12 months. After 12 months you can still use them but they are less effective. After 24 months you should definitely throw them away and buy new boilies.

Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies

Having angled for over 15 years some would say i’m something of an expert. The trouble with learning from experience is, it never stops. Come read along as i review some of the most (and least) popular fishing tackle that you can buy. And join me on my journeys to catch some beautiful fish.

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