At certain times of the year, particularly when the weather is at its warmest, boilies are not necessarily the best choice of bait for feeding in quantity. Yes you will still get takes on boilies, but to encourage the fish to start mooching around and take a few boilies, a scattering of particles is often the best tactic.
So why stick with boilies on the hair? It amazes me how many anglers bait up with particles and pellet but still insist on using a boilie on the hair. Particles over particles can be an absolutely devastating method, yet it's so rarely done. Particularly devastating if you include a couple of boilies in the particle mix - let me explain.
Particularly on clear, pressured waters, the carp can become very wary of boilies lying around - but they will hoover up the particles without too much caution. Why?
Well it's simply that they've learnt the rules. "If I find boilies and particles together, take the particles but not the boilies and I won't get hooked". Present one of the particles on a rig and you may be pleasantly surprised how many more takes you get!
I also prefer to mix several particles together (and different sizes) rather than just fish over one type. This makes the carp work a little harder for its food, hopefully making them less aware that the slightly heavier one they've just sucked up is the one with the hook attached! It's a constant theme of my fishing - try to be a little bit different. So often I've found it brings rewards. Quite simply, if you do the same as everyone else you're only going to catch the same as everyone else. Take a gamble and be a little different.
In my opinion no bait range can be complete without the addition of a selection of particles - certainly I would be lost without them in my armoury - so we've included the ones that have been the most successful for me.