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When the fish are not active for feeding it is always worth trying home-made boilies. I very rarely use ready made boilies.

I think carp won’t be able to resist this sweet treat.

Combination of boilie and pop up boilie both homemade (snowman rig), soaked in CC Moore liquid molasses for a few minutes. One of my favorite fishing attractants is liquid molasses. Fish just love molasses, especially when the water is cold.



Waiting …


Fish on 😎…..
… just a little bit.

Beautiful common carp (at least for me, because carp with big bellies don’t impress me too much, regardless of his weight).

Goodbye beauty, see you someday.


Snowman rig after catching carp.


I will have to make boilies because stocks have run out 👩.

Till next time …

…… tight lines and wet nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


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Which carp rig to choose?

A huge variety of carp fishing rigs are used today. They differ in complexity, the time of year, bait presentation, usability on different types of bottoms, and so on.

I have tied a lot of different carp rigs already and I use some of them on almost every fishing trip or have them with me in my korda rig safe. This time I will show you through photos how I tie a carp screw rig. I have been using this rig successfully for a long time so I decided to present in steps how to tie it.

I use this rig mainly for pop ups, but it works great for all other baits as well. The only thing I need to note, If you use baits that are quickly softened in the water, the bait may eventually fall off. It can be used on all different types of bottom and when is not too much weed or debris in the water.



Video How to tie carp fishing knotless knot screw rig (step by step guide) on my YouTube channel, to watch the video click below 👇👇👇👇👇👇:


What you need to tie a knotless knot screw rig?


Video How to make pop up boilie on my YouTube channel, for more click below


Here’s how you tie it up, in pictures below:

  • Place a bait screw onto the hook shank.
  • Add hook bead (slowly and carefully, the sharpness of the hook can lead to unpleasant injuries quickly)

Cut off the length of the hooklink. Cut off a slightly longer hooklink because the final length of the carp rig is reduced by knots (swivel, hook knot, knotless knot, hair rig, loop knot, … and the like).


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  1. First insert the selected hooklink through the hook eye.
  2. Hooklink is now through the hook eye.
  3. Wrap the hooklink material around the hook body.
  4. Wrap hooklink around hook shank (5x – 10x times, depending on hook size, pattern and shape, hooklink thickness, carp rig type and individual decision, but not beyond where the hook point begins).
  5. When your are satisfied with the number of wrappers, then pass the hooklink back through the eye of the hook (recommend for beginners). For better hook strength I recommend wrap the hooklink in the opposite direction (2x – 4x times) and then put hooklink through the ear of the hook.
  6. Always end knotless knot (whith or without hair) by pushing the hooklink end through the hook’s ear toward the hook point. Very important: If you do not do this in this direction, the hook does not turn properly in the carp mouth.

Clinch knot that is very easy and fast to tie, strong, reliable and uncomplicated. I recommend all beginners to first learn how to tie this knot. Below I described how to tie this knot. I am sure that after 2x – 3x attempts you will have already mastered how to make it. As they say practice makes perfect 👌.

  1. Thread hooklink end through the eye of swivel.
  2. Make 4x or more turns around the hooklinks.
  3. Thread the hooklink through the very first loop above the eye of the swivel.
  4. Always moisten knots, then slowly tighten the knot. Trim the tag end and blob it with a lighter.
  1. Attach bait (pop up boilie, tiger nuts, hard corn, bottom boilie, wafter, dumbells, imitation baits …) on bait screw.
  2. Add a small piece (amount depends on presentation method, boilie size and buoyancy, etc) of tungsten putty, for balance hook bait and efficient rig mechanics .
  3. FInally rig is ready for fishing.
  4. In the end I just check in the aquarium, bucket or similar how your screw rig looks like in the bottom. When you know how to tie a rig properly, it is not necessary to check every rig in the aquarium, but I recommend when we tie a rig that we have never had before. Better to check the rigs at home than to get to the fishing spot and find out that we need to tear down for example all 40 rigs and tie everything up again (fortunately this has not happened to me).

If you are looking for a fishing rig box and you don’t know yet which one to choose, I recommend you visit the blog about Korda rig safe box.


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Well, we’re going fishing, fishing gear and food packed……….

This year’s winter temperatures are quite high but also very windy and rainy in my country. When I was planning to go fishing the weather got worse (as usual with a strong wind) and I had to postpone fishing several times. The forecast for Sunday was 16 degrees and sunny, the perfect day to go for my first winter fishing this year. Finally, I go fishing.

And Saturday came and with it the change of weather for Sunday (again a strong wind and showers). my boyfriend and I quickly decided to go fishing Saturday. Better a few hours fishing than nothing. We get our fishing gear quickly in the car and go fishing, finally.

When we got to the fishing spot I first prepared a groundbait for carp fishing. I have already prepared a groundbait dry mix at home (a combination of different ready-made mixes and other ingredients). I added some pellets and a little amount liquid krill additive to the mix. I slowly added lake water to the mix (mix thoroughly until a nice consistency and texture is achieved).

When you add water to the mix, you should always use the water from your fishery . Due to the different chemicals, I do not recommend that you use tap water or at least boil it before use.



While the groundbait was slowly getting wet, we prepared fishing rods and everything else needed to finally start fishing.

When we started fishing, the wind started to blow more and more. Hoping that the wind won’t affect the carp appetite too much and that at least one will be on the fishing mat.



I used pop ups of my own making (testing) and bought at the fishing store.

I used a naked helicopter system on both fishing rods. Instead of carp fishing lead I used a light method feeder lead (30gr or 1oz) filled with groundbait. I had already modified the feeder lead at home so that I could use it as a normal carp lead with a swivel.

Gusts of wind became more and more frequent and stronger. Hmmm , the wind forecast was for tomorrow. But maybe the weather scientists were wrong again.

Later I added some sweet corn to the groundbait and then fed each fishing spot with two groundbait ball and every half hour one smaller ball with fishing catapult (amazon link). Carp and similar related fish eat very little in the winter, so I adjusted the amount of food accordingly. Hoping that the food will tempted any carp or fish of any kind 🙏.

Hoping that the sun’s rays will awaken some carp to feed.



My boyfriend and my best fishing companion put some food around the lead, which later turned out to be a great decision. After 20 minutes the top of the fishing rod bent and a bite alarm sounded…..fish on 😃. After a short fight, the mirror carp showed up ( heavy between 4 to 5kg or 8 to 11 pound), but luck didn’t last long as just before the landing net the hook got rid of it 😲. Let’s try to catch another one…

When the sun hid behind the clouds it became cold.

Except for a few slight beeps, there were no more bites that day. It was getting dark and it was time to pack the fishing gear and go home.

Nevertheless, a wonderful day was spent by the lake and the view of the beautiful sunset at the end of the fishing day is invaluable to me.


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Nowadays when fishing shop are more or less very stocked with a variety of carp fishing bait (pop up boilie, wafters, ready made boilies, hook pellet, frozen boilies, dumbell,…) today many people do not even think about doing the bait themselves.

Are we always satisfied with the carp fishing bait purchased at the fishing shop? My opinion and answer is no.

In my test I used a basic pop up mix to make pop – up boilies. But I added quite a few other ingredients to this basic mix. I can’t write recipe for this pop – up boilie mix, because unfortunately i just tried something without measuring the exact weight in grams. I know my mistake, which I will correct and write in the near future.

But I can write the names of the dry ingredients I added to the basic mix and you can try it for yourself:

I’ve added quite a few ingredients, but you don’t have to use everything in your mix. I like to try different ingredients so my mixes are sometimes very extreme.

Video How to make pop up boilie on my YouTube channel, to watch the video click below 👇👇👇👇👇👇:



Equipment for making pop up boilies:

  • fork, mixing bowl, towel or kitchen cloth, saucepan, kitchen mesh strainers or similar to capture boilies from boiling water, boilie rolling table or your hands 🤲
  • The first step is to crack one egg (or more, depending on the amount of pop up mix) of any size.


  • Mix the egg well. Air bubbles improve the buoyancy of a pop up boilies.




  • Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
  • Slowly add the dry mix, but not all at once.
  • I added too little mix so it looks liquid, so i add some dry mix.




  • Better to slowly add the mix until the paste is compact and no longer sticks to your hands.
  • The pop up boilie paste is made and I left the paste for about 24 hours. Otherwise, about 30 minutes is sufficient for the ingredients to bind and absorb the liquid.
  • Boilie I made by hand, without the use of bait rolling table and extrusion guns (even with such a small amount, this is not necessary).
  • The water is already boiling and the boilies are ready for cooking.
  • Pop up boilies should be placed in boiling water and in such a quantity that the water does not cool when placed in boiling water (that the water is still hot and quickly starts to boil again).
boiling pop up
  • Boil for 1 – 3 min, depending on the size of the boilies (the larger the diameter of the boilies, the longer they boil). In my case they boiling for 1 – 2 min.


  • Place cooked on towel to cool and dry. Do not load boilies on top of each other, it is very important to cool them as soon as possible.
  • The pop up boilies will now dry about 3 – 4 days. Because there are no preservatives in boilies they will be stored in the freezer.
  • If you want harder pop – up boilies they need to be dried longer (at least 3 – 8 days). The drying time of the boilies also depends on the mix itself, the cooking time, the air temperature, egg size, moisture, … .

There is something special about catching carp on a boilie of your own making. It is true that it takes quite a bit of research and search for ingredients in different stores (fishing and grocery stores), but when you hear that beep and see the curved tip of the fishing rod, at that moment all the effort is paid off.

In one of my future blogs I will write about how successful my pop up boilies turned out.


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Which rig to use to make fishing successful? My personal opinion is the rig I confidencet the most. I know this is quite challenging for beginners, as we need experience to get that feeling and knowledge.

Today there are quite a lot of different rigs that can be learned through the Internet, fishing magazines, fishing friends, fishing shops, … We can also buy ready tied rigs if we do not want to make our own.

With photos I will show below the step by step tying simple carp rig. This is my way of tying rig that I use successfully.



Step 1: Rig Components

We just need to get started tying our own carp rigs: hook (barbed or barbless), swivel, anti tangle sleeve, hook link (braid, fluorocarbon or mono), hair boilie stopper, bait (boilie, corn, tiger nuts, …) and boilie baiting needle.

Step 2: Put Boilie on a Hair

Make a loop of suitable length (longer loop for larger boilies) for the boilies.

Insert boilies with a needle.



We add boilie stoppers.

The knot on the loop also serves as a stopper to prevent the boilies from approaching the hook.

Step 3: The Knotless Knot rig

4x to 8x around the hook (depending on the hook size).



Step 4: The last step

Before I make the last knot I add anti tangle sleeve.



The knot on the swivel I use is Grinner knot (2x around the ear). A very strong knot that has never disappointed me. But of course you can use any knot you want.

5x to 8x around the link (depending on the thickness).

Always moisten the link before completing the knot.

Final we add to the swivel anti tangle sleeve ………

……….and we’re ready to go fishing


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I have often read the topic on the internet if it is possible to catch a carp with a waggler on a hair rig for carp fishing. In fact, it is very similar to carp fishing, except that they are much easier to use instead of heavy lead and that a waggler serves as the bite indicator.

We can use the same carp rigs as for heavy lead bottom carp fishing. I use hooks from size 6 up for this fishing technique, depending on the average size of the carp in the lake.

For bait I use smaller diameters of boilies (8mm to 14 mm), pop up, corn (maize, sweetcorn), artificial – fake bait or hook pellets.


  • Ceady for the first cast.
  • Average catch on this lake.

You can also watch a short movie bellow:



Most often I use particles mix for baiting my fishing spot. I feed with a small amount of particles every 20 minutes with small baiting spoon. When I catch a fish I increase the 3x amount of particle for baiting fishing spot.

  • With the right tactics and some fishing luck :), bigger carp can be caught.


  • See you sometime in the future.

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In the summer time we often see carp moving under the surface of the water. Sometimes carp move very slowly or just stand still so it is very important not to scare them. Anything that splashes loudly into the water would easily scare them away.

Fly fishing for carp in the summer when carp not eating much can be successful in the hot part of the day. I advise using Polaroid glasses because the carp can be seen more easily at the water surface.

Hmmm which fly to use?



Anyone who does not have a fly fishing rod can use a surface float for cast fly.

I tied all the flies by myself, so I was especially happy for every carp I caught.

I use 5/6 weight fly fishing rod.

Average weight of carp in this lake is 7 pound.

It was a great pleasure to catch a carp on a fly rod.

The thin monofilament was invisible to the careful carp.

A gentle cast and a carp picked up the fly. Catching this carp was also the last catch of this wonderful fly fishing day.


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Hmmmmmm… Which fishing cradle to buy was a big question for me. I was looking for one that would be low and long for bigger fish like grass carp and carp.

I’ve only used a unhooking mat in recent years, but since the rules at the lakes are changing (which I really like) it was time to buy a cradle.

And finally…. I found a Fox Carpmaster Cradle XL on the internet that came on the market this year. There are two sizes available: standard and XL.

After some thought, I decided to buy one. My choice was the Fox Carpmaster Cradle XL version.

Big care for Bigger fish

On the first fishing trip with this cradle I took a picture of it.

So far, I am very excited about it and it has proven to be more than excellent and worth buying despite its high price (around 170€).

Video Fox Carpmaster Cradle XL (New 2019) on my YouTube channel, for more click below 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇.

Supplied in large, heavy-duty 500Denier carry bag .

*fox bucket added for presentation purposes only
Camo retention flap with Velcro securing tabs .




210Denier soft-touch PVC fabric.
Water drainage holes at each end.


Leg-lock mechanism.
Four adjustable legs to level use on uneven ground.
Low to ground frame allows you to lift the carp easy.

Happy days 🙂


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In my first blog about the basics of safe fish handling. All species deserve respect no matter the size or weight. Considering that I carp fishing the most, this blog of safe handling of fish will relate to it, which does not mean that we cannot treat other types of fish in the same or similar way (especially I am talking about cyprinid fish species, salmonids are another topic for new blog).



1. Unhooking mat or cradle

A must-have equipment for every angler. It is designed to safely place the carp on, protecting them from damage, mud and the various dirt that is on the ground. Before putting fish on unhooking mat or cradle, it is obligatory to pour it with fresh lake water.

Never put fish on a dry unhooking mat.

2. A bucket of water

We always have a fresh lake water bucket ready by the unhooking mat or cradle. Fresh water moistens the fish during photography and weighing. It is very important that we never pour our catch with water that has been in the bucket for several hours, preferably in the sun!

We always capture fresh cold water!

I use Fox Collapsible Water Bucket and I’m more than happy with it.

3. Antiseptic

I notice that we spend a lot of money on baits and equipment, but many people forget about the antiseptic. It is very important to use it not only to carry it because of the rules that apply to individual water. Before letting the fish back into the water, it is carefully inspected and treated with antiseptic (stab wounds, various injuries, etc.).

We stick to the instructions given by the individual manufacturer on the packaging, as improper use can cause more harm than good.

I’ve been using antiseptic Korda Propolis two years and I’m very happy with it. The only downside is that it leaves traces on the cradle or mats, but it doesn’t bother me as long as it’s good for the fish.



4. Fishing Weight Sling

Designed to weigh the catch safely and then safely released into the water.

When our catch is big (relative to each individual) – over 14kg or 30 pounds it is highly recommended (in some places it is obligatory) to put it in a sling together with a landing net and place it on a mat.

Please check that the fins of the carp are folded flat against its body, otherwise they can be damaged by the weight of the fish.

A great choice is Fox STR Floatation Weigh Sling and camo version.

5. Wet hands

Always get our hands wet before handling a fish. Dry hands damage the fish slime (protect it from various injuries and parasites).

6. Landing net

A large landing net with a minimum length of 90 cm is used for the carp fishing. For the health of the fish I recommend a good fine knit net with as small holes as possible to prevent damage to the fin. Always catch the fish with a wet pad.

The same as with the weight sling, it is necessary to check that the fins of the carp are folded flat against its body before going to lift them from the water.

fish on

7. Photography

Fish are never photographed standing and of course we do not even carry fish around. We always take pictures in a crouching stance above the mat.

We keep the fish out of the water for as short a time as possible. If you want to take pictures in hot summer, this is best done in the water and we refresh ourselves as well.


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