Boilie stops, which are also called hair or bait stops, are inserted into the loop at the end of the bottom rig’s hair in order to literally stop the boilie, which is also threaded onto the hair, from falling off. Boilie stops are usually made of plastic or rubber.
Fishing with bottom baits is a widely used and highly effective way of catching carp. But in waters that contain a population of crayfish, it can be a real challenge.
All you need to tie the pop-up rig is a roughly 10” long coated hooklink, a piece of shrink tube, a size 4 to 6 wide gape carp hook, a 15mm to 18mm pop-up, as well as a split shot, a boilie stop, an anti-tangle sleeve, a quick change swivel and about 5 minutes of your time.
In order to catch tench with boilies, your hookbaits should be between 8mm and 12mm. This dimension also applies to pop-ups for tench, which are buoyant, harder types of boilies. The best boilie flavours for tench are krill, bloodworm and pineapple.