In this piece I will try my best to explain the reason behind why I fish “washed out boilies” and how I believe gives me the edge when targeting wary carp on hard fished venues. It’s an extremely simple method, with hardly any preparation involved but very effective all the same.
On heavily pressured waters, the Carp can be fished for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. These fish are wary and are difficult to catch because more often than not, they have seen pretty much everything that anglers can throw at them.
Therefore bait that looks like it has been in the water for a long time, to a Carp looks less likely to have a hook in it. I want a Carp to feel less wary as it homes in on my bait, in turn making it more likely to take my bait and result in a run.
It’s something I have started implementing into my Carp angling seriously this year, not many people do it so if it gives me that extra edge, it can only improve my angling. An added bonus is when fishing on silted bottomed lakes. Because the boilies have already on a lot of water they won’t get blemished. When boilies sit in silt for a few hours, they will take on that horrible smell slightly so damaging the effectiveness of them.
On highly stocked waters like a commercial fishery, I don’t think washing boilies out is worth it. There are that many Carp in there that boilies won’t last in the water for more than a few hours before a passing Carp will find them. The Carp are all over the lake, so most of it is covered by fish all the time and they have to move more to find food. The competition for food is higher because there are so many of them, if they find food they will hoover it up pretty much straight away.
However, in a low stock lake, the less competition for food means there’s more around, so they don’t have to travel far to find some. Carp may only be held up in one part of the lake so parts of the lake might not be visited by them for hours at a time. The baits get left in the water for longer and the Carp get more used to seeing them lying around on the lake bed when they do find them.
This photos shows on the right an 18mm shelf life boilie that has been in water for 16 hours and on the left a boilie straight out the pack. You can see the difference in colour; it expands after being in the water and softens up alot. With it being so soft, its best to use a small bit of twig as a hair stop or top with plastic bait.
They’re simple to prepare, just cover them in water in some kind of container and leave for at least 12 hours. You can’t use tap water because of the chlorine levels, so it’s best to try and bring home a bit of lake water at the end of a session or if you have a pond you can use that water.
Glugging the boilies after washing them out is something I am yet to try but will be in the future. It’s something you could experiment with yourself.
I firmly believe that this method helps to increase my catches and hope you can use it in your fishing too.