This is a question that I have heard come up many times in my 20 years of carp fishing. I really do not know for certain whether it is best to place boilies close to hook bend, I really think it may depend on the way carp are feeding in the swim.
I have seen Frank Warwick catch numerous big carp with the bait close to the hook bend on his rigs. But, I also know of other successful anglers that never do this. Some believe a boilie too close to the bend of the hook won’t allow the hook to drop and turn effectively so the point can find a hold in the flesh. I believe this is a valid point, especially for the type of carp fishing rigs I use.
Some anglers believe that when fish are feeding more cautiously it is best to have a short hair rig so the point is closer to the bait. I do sometimes believe that this may be the cause of lost fish when they pull out. The hook may not be able to always set deep enough into the flesh for a secure hook hold. Instead it may be caught lightly in the side of the lip. For most of my carp fishing rigs I have a little clearance so the hook can turn effectively when I test it on the palm of my hand.
Like all methods for carp fishing, it’s best to test and try these ideas for yourself. Every specific fishing situation may require a slight change in the minute details before you start banking more big carp!
Locating Large Carp in Springtime
Locating the Big Carp in the Summer
Locating the Biggest Carp in Winter time
Locating Most Larger Carp in Autumn season
The Importance of Using Quality Bait to Catch Carp
Fishing for Large Carp in Snags & under Trees
Boilie close to hook bend or leave gap?
Various Types of carp rig systems to use
Attempting to Catch Line Shy Carp
Basics of a Carp's Digestive System
Ingredients to use in Successful Carp Baits
Common Baiting Tactics When Fishing
The Various Carp Bait used to Catch Bigger Carp
When to use Pop-ups or Bottom Bait for Carp Fishing
How to complete a Baiting Campaign on Lakes & Ponds
The Basic Carp Fishing Baits Used to Catch Large Carp
Fishing Tactics when Fishing for Carp during Long-stay Sessions