Two summers ago, I really was invested in trying to catch a large carp and honing some carp fishing skills. I did my research and read that boilies were a favoured alternative to corn and I tried that out. I had no success on store bought boilies and was a little discouraged, but then I read that I could make my own, so I tried that out. My two friends and I caught a nice carp each from my home recipe. They caught nice 3 and 5 pounders, while mine was a healthy seven pounds and my largest fish at the time.
However, when I tried last summer using basic corn, I caught a nine pounder in the exact same place. I was fishing in a small pond in Hamilton, really murky water with a deep pool. It is a very urban place with consistent angling pressure as it is quite close to residential homes. I caught the 7 pounder in August and this fish was caught in late May. The other difference in setup is that I was using a feeder for the larger carp.
So the question I would like to ask is, in your experience, how effective are boilies over corn? And how effective are homemade boilies over store boilies? I want to start trying for big carp again and I want to know what made the difference, or if there is a difference? Does the feeder make thatbig an impact or is May the better season for big fish? I am situated in Toronto now, close to another, much larger urban pond and would like to start getting consistent success with smaller fish before moving on to the giants. So any advice you can give?