In most boilie recipes it is the flavour that leaks out from the boilie, into the surrounding water and attracts the fish towards your hook bait. Just like us, carp are attracted more to some smells that others. Just think how much more attractive to you the smell of an open chip shop is when you walk passed it, that a butchers shop for example. So it is when you walk into a tackle shop, you will see many flavours on the shelves. A few of those flavours will really attract carp. They will smell to the fish like an open chip shop does to us, a smell that really tempts them to investigate and eat your bait.
A lot of the other flavours you see on the shelves, will just give off a take it or leave it type smell to the fish, that will not catch as many fish as the top carp attracting flavours. The secret is to use only those few top flavours that really attract the fish. Listed on the pages in this section are those flavours that I have found to be the best. There will be some excellent fish catching flavours that I have missed out, I have only listed what I have used myself.
Not all Flavours are the Same.
You will notice that a lot of different bait companies all market similar flavours, for example most sell a strawberry flavour. There are many ways to make a strawberry flavour using different chemicals to arrive at a similar smell. This means the "Bloggs Baits" strawberry will be chemically different from "Fred Baits" strawberry. So if you hear that a strawberry flavour is working well on one water, make sure you use the correct bait companies Strawberry. One made by another bait company will be chemically different and not be so attractive to carp.
Not all Flavours Work the Same.
Just one last point. A flavour can be brilliant on one water, producing fish after fish, yet average on another. Why, I don't know, but it's a point worth bearing in mind.