Should you change your preferred boilie every season or stick with one? Will the carp know? Ian Chillcott has strong opinions on this one...
"This is a topic I’ve wanted to cover for a long time, because chopping and changing my baits is something that I just don’t do.
"Once I have confidence in a bait, then all I want is to get the best from it. Of all the things in carp fishing, apart from first finding the fish, bait is the most important aspect of the equation. If I can get them feeding as I want them to, it’s infinitely more likely that I will get a bite.
"It makes me chuckle at the rate at which some people change their baits - more than they change their underpants in some cases!
"Unfortunately, fashion dictates most of what goes on in carp fishing rather than common sense.
"I’ve used Mainline Baits for 26 years, and probably the most influential thing which happened to me back then was discovering the Grange.
"It may surprise some of you, but I’ve never used the greatest-selling boilie of all time, the Cell.
"It wasn’t because I wasn’t sure it would work, it’s just that the New Grange had caught me so many massive fish.
"The first morning I ever used it, the first fish I landed on it was my target at 44lb! I stuck with it as long as I could, but only changed when Mainline brought out the Hybrid in 2012, which is a combination of the best elements of the Cell and the legendary Activ-8.
"My second fish after the change, on the second night I used it, was my target once again, and this time she spun the scales round to 44lb 6oz, a carp called Spike. I haven’t used a different boilie since!
"So, my advice is to stick with a bait, as it’s the only way to get the best from it. Good luck."