Specialist Baits & Additives

When fishing for a particular specimen fish, you need to have the right bait to suit the fish, the waters, weather and a multitude of other conditions that come to play. Whether you are targeting bream, barbel, perch, carp or roach, we, here at Angling Direct have a variety of bait manufacturers and bait types to fit your specialist baiting needs! From CC Moore to Sonubaits, we have it here in our specialist bait collection!


If it’s a specimen carp you’re after, then it’s boilies you’ll be interested in. Often reviewed as the best carp bait, there are two styles of boilie of freezer boilies that preserve the freshness or shelf-life that use artificial preservatives to keep that freshness specialist fish love.

Flavours range from pungent fishmeal based mixes that are great for the summer to sweet milk-protein based styles that are effective in the cooler months and are a likely contender for drawing in a barbel with a bottom bait method.

Pop Ups

Pop-ups are essential buoyant boilies, the preferred flotation agent is usually cork. Unlike traditional boilies, these are used exclusively as hookbait and tend to be most popular in weedy scenarios, when you want to avoid the risk of your hookbait becoming lost in chod. Pop-up boilies also tend to be in brighter colours, to help them stand out further from the lakebed.


Pellets are popular a host of specimen fish. Smaller than boilies, pellets tend to attract the smaller of species in the specialist angling bank, used as roach fishing bait or for many chub fishing techniques. Pellets can be as little as 1mm in diameter and tend to be softer than boilies with a quicker breakdown rate too. Pellets are favoured for their incredible versatility. They can be catapulted into the water, softened and pressed into a feeder, or banded to your hook.

There are a huge variety of pellets on the market, including expanding pellets that grow when soaked in water, floating pellets, sinking pellets, and pre-drilled pellets. You can even buy carp fishing pellets in bulk from many of the carp fishing bait suppliers in our collection.

Like boilies, these pellets come in a huge range of flavours in order to appeal to different fish in different conditions. They also come in a range of colours and most pellets respond well when taking on dyes in order to modify their appearance.


Groundbait is a finely grounded fishing bait with powder-like substance. Groundbait tends to be fishmeal based and it is most often mixed with liquid in order to create a malleable substance. Groundbait comes in lots of different colours but is most commonly brown, black, or red. If you’re fishing barbel, groundbait is a popular choice.


Some of the best barbel baits come in the shape of particles. Sweetcorn, hempseed, tiger nuts, and other such baits often used as part of a groundbait mix and bottom feeders, such as carp, filter through their food as they eat it as, taking time and therefore keeping the fish in your swim for longer.

Artificial Baits

Perch love a lure in the shape of an article fish or bug. Artificial bait can be glugged with attractants in order to give it the smell and flavour of the real thing and they are usually made from soft and durable plastic.


We also stock a wide range of attractants, which are intensely flavoured liquids which enhance the amount of flavour going into your swim. By soaking your boilies in these liquids you can amplify the oils and aromas that enter the water. You can also mix you liquid into your groundbait, allowing the flavour to be slowly released as your groundbait breaks down in the water.

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