The great advantage of floating boilies is that, like conventional boilies, they are very resistant to the attacks of smaller fish. You do not need to worry about your bait not being there on the hook. There is also the added advantage that the bait, being hard, is unlikely to come off the hook when propelled by terrific force to fish at long range.These floating boilies are also excellent as pop up boilies used with more conventional carp legering tactics.

Obviously as with all boilies there is a whole range of flavours, colours and sizes that can be produced. You literally can have your very own personalised bait.In my step by step guide, I have used ingredients that have worked for me but you can follow the basic principles to produce your own bait. I have also gone to a lot of trouble to show a proof of the pudding shot to show you how freely carp will take floating boilies off of the surface. To be honest, I believe it was more difficult to get the picture than to catch the carp. Certainly that polarising filter was a great help.Step 1. Collect all your ingredients and tools; mixing bowl, wooden spoon, tablespoon, Richworth red dye, tutti frutti flavouring, sweetener and Richworth pop up mix. I've used the original for this article but there is a new fish meal version that I have heard great things about. However the same instructions apply whichever pop-up mix you use.Step 2. Place the mix contents in the mixing bowl and add 5ml of sweetener followed by 5ml of flavouring. Then mix in using the wooden spoon.Step 3. Add one heaped tablespoon of red dye. Step 4. MixStep 5. Gradually add water and mix into a stiff paste.Step 6. Continue mixing until all the colour has dispersedStep 7. Roll into balls.Step 8. Boil in water for two to three minutes.Step 9. Allow to cool and dry.When fishing with floating boilies on the surface at range, I normally use a very large home made controller with a side hooked boilie. My home made controllers are really bastardised sliding polystyrene sea floats holding from to 2 to 4oz of lead. No doubt in the future I will give a step by step guide to making one of these long range controllers. As readers might guess, I am talking about fishing at ranges approaching one hundred yards where carp are not expecting to find a bait with a hook in.Naturally these baits work well at more conventional distances with normal controllers and it is at these ranges that I would advise readers who are not used to these baits to start. Once you have built up confidence in the bait then give it a try at distance.