best size boilie in winter

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7 years 11 months ago #1327 by bencarp16
Usually use 18mm in warmer months but should i scale down now the weather is getting colder?

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7 years 11 months ago #1329 by Gavfish
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Last few years been on 15mm boilies and in the winter months chop them down a bit. ;)
I would go on a smaller bait usually in the colder months chopped down boilie sometimes topped with fake maggot or pop-up corn or just use a piece of fake corn or 2 on the hair.

Its more about location i the winter than the size of the bait though in my opinion. <!-- s:ugeek: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_ugeek.gif" alt=":ugeek:" title="Uber Geek" /><!-- s:ugeek: -->

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7 years 10 months ago #1560 by hookpull
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I go right down to 10's in the winter, and keep them going in right into spring. have found it to make the fish grub about more, as the water warms up, but in the cold, your not going to overfeed with 2 0r 3 10's in a bag/mesh or even on a stringer. ;)

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7 years 10 months ago #1619 by bencarp16
Cheers guys ;)
Usually use 15mm pop-ups so maybe i should be trimming them down and cut out the 18mm altogether. <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->

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7 years 10 months ago #1625 by Gavfish
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Carp may see a big bait as a much easier meal using less energy in colder water. So 2 or 3 18mm are a bigger meal for the same effort as picking up 3 10mms if you see what i mean.

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7 years 10 months ago #1639 by hookpull
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agreed, I've found that smaller baits in the winter have brought me a few fish, and the smaller baits for me, have really helped.
at the mo i've got a few kg's of 14/16mm which need to go, so might even fish the rods against each other, just to see what happens, but 5kgs of 10's does look like a massive amount, compared to 18's!!!

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7 years 10 months ago #1643 by Gavfish
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Worth fishing the 2 sizes against each other over a couple of sessions <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: --> But different lakes mean different habits of the carp so may be worth trying a couple of waters <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->

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7 years 10 months ago #1644 by argos starter matt
Has anyone tried going the opposite way and trying a large 20-24mm boilie with perhaps a stringer or a small bag of crumbed boilies?

If the fish are indeed lethargic then perhaps it might encourage them to move for a big bait.

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7 years 10 months ago #1646 by bencarp16
You all got me thinking too much now. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Great ideas ppl just need the lakes to de-frost so can put them into practise.

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7 years 9 months ago #1652 by Gavfish
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Maybe a 24mm trimmed down topped with a bit of fake corn. <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->
Trimming down boilies means that the attractants can get out easier and quicker which in theory should attract the carp quicker. ;) Not just a tatic for the colder water. ;)

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