When choosing your fishing bait, there are a few things to consider with water temperature, venue type and your target fish is just a few. Although fish tend to feed more in warmer waters, the choices of bait you use can make all the difference in your success at the bank. To help you pick out the best bait, we’ve collected together a list of our most popular baits – all of which have outstanding reputations for their quality and effectiveness.
If you’re an angler who has been fishing for a number of years then you won’t be surprised to see this bait come out on top of our list and it has consistently been one of the most popular baits around. Frozen within hours of rolling, this bait is famous for its incredible freshness and fantastic attractive qualities. The 18mm size of these boilies, as well as the 15mm Essential Cell version, both feature highly in our best sellers list, too. Buy The Mainline Cell Freezer Boilies
Only released in 2016, the Manilla range from Sticky Baits has taken the angling market by storm. A number of years ago, we wouldn’t have seen a single shelf-life boilie on our top 10 list. However, thanks to the advances in technology and ingredient mix, shelf-life boilies have become every bit as popular as frozen boilies. The Manilla range is constructed from purely human-grade food and uses a unique peanut protein, which makes it an ideal transitional bait between the colder and warmer months. Other incarnations of the Manilla range also appear on our best sellers list, too, including the pellets, wafters, and spray. Buy The Sticky Baits Manilla Range
Enhancing the bait you have in order to try out new combinations can be one of the most fun ways to discover effective baiting ways. Korda’s Goo range contains a variety of intensely flavoured liquids which you can use to glug your boilies or otherwise flavour your groundbait mix. We, here at Angling Direct love the Bumbleberry Supreme flavour, White Almond and for more natural feed, the Krill goo. The complete range of Goo is excellent for creating a cloud of colourful attractant over your perfectly presented hook bait now that the water temperature has begun to rise. Buy The Korda Goo
Hempseed is one of the most popular particles to introduce to groundbait mixes and it really isn’t hard to see why. Not only does it help to create a really active mix that is incredibly attractive but it also adds lots of extra flavourings your bait and you’ll find a number of pre-cooked hempseed products featuring on our best sellers list. The biggest benefit of this particular hempseed that it is cooked in the tin it is sold in, which means it still contains all the attractive juices which leak out during the cooking process. Buy The Dynamite Baits Frenzied Hempseed Tin
Especially effective in warmer waters, The Krill is a mix of pre-digested fishmeal, proteins, and, of course, krill. Not only does this bait attract the fish but it also helps to promote growth rates, too, ensuring that the fish which grub for your bait today are going to transform into the personal best captures of tomorrow. Buy The Sticky Baits The Krill 16mm Shelf Life Boilies
As the name suggests, these pellets have been purpose-designed to stick and mould into a method feeder making them ideal for a whole host of fishing activities. Whether you’re fishing for big carp or smaller species on the UK’s lakes, this mix is highly attractive and will ensure perfect hook bait presentation when using a method feeder. Buy The Sonubaits Fin Perfect Stiki Method 2mm Pellets
Perfect for adding into PVA bags, which are able to melt effectively now the water has warmed up, this particle mix creates a great carpet of active, attractive, and nutritious bait to entrance a whole number of species. This is an ideal mix for loose feeding, as well as for adding into a groundbait mix. All of the flavours in this range feature in our top 20 bestsellers, with the most popular being the Maize and Hemp mix. Buy The Advanta 5l Bucket
Another Mainline product to feature heavily throughout our best sellers list is the brand’s High Impact range of shelf-life boilies. Essential I.B has proven particularly popular at this time of the year and the Banoffee flavour has also been effective – especially whilst the waters are still in the warming process. Buy The Mainline High Impact Shelf Life Boilies
Blitz Multimix is a rich, oily, meaty bait mixture, giving such good cohesion that you can easily create feeder sticks with no liquid other than a dash of the water you’re fishing. A truly effortless bait mix that definitely delivers far more than you’d expect, this is everything you’ve heard Hinders is, and more. Buy Hinders Blitz Mix.
It has a distinctively sweet, yeasty aroma and taste that triggers a strong feeding response in even the most unfavourable conditions. Its light, sandy colour also means it has the added advantage of stimulating fish to feed based on its visual attraction, therefore making it a superb winter bait that really needs little or no introduction prior to use. Buy the CC Moore Live System Shelf Life Boilies.
Are you surprised by any of the baits on our list or are there any baits that you expected to see but aren’t there? Let us know if you’ve used any of the bait we’ve mentioned and your top tips for baiting in the winter!