Bait Boats for Carp Fishing…..what’s all the fuss about!?


Angling Technics Procat MKIII

Click image to find out why the Angling Technics Procat is such a popular bait boat.

To be honest I’ve never been a big fan of carp bait boats. To me it’s like you’re cheating in a way haha. Even though I know you’re not it’s definitely getting one over on the carp!

It takes away the art of casting for one thing but I’m sure for some anglers who may struggle a bit with casting then the introduction of bait boats was the best thing since the invention of the hair rig!

Also I guess for me the fact that I’ve never really fished waters where I’ve needed to use one or where a bait boat is essential to get to those difficult swims, is another reason why I haven’t got one.

Having said all that I can see that bait boats definitely do have a place and I’ve often seen them used to devastating effect. I know many carp anglers that use them and so I thought I’d do my own write up and reviews about bait boats.

Pros vs. Cons


  • If you’re useless at casting then a bait boat is for you.
  • Most bait boats are very quiet and just glide across the surface – a huge advantage especially if you don’t want to disturb the water.
  • You can get all of your bait (including hook bait) in a concentrated area if you want – very accurate!
  • No need for using a marker float and spodding out bait.
  • Bait boats are very good for getting your bait into swims that are pretty much impossible to reach by casting – i.e. next to islands with overhanging trees and bushes.
  • If you are fishing various particle baits then using a bait boat is probably the most effective way of baiting a swim. Spodding and using PVA bags will do the job but will also create a huge disturbance when hitting the water which potentially could spook the fish from the swim for hours.
  • If you are fishing a short session (up to 12 hours) then using a bait boat would give you an advantage as there would be less disturbance to the water and so less chance of spooking any fish.

Click image if you are interested in buying the Lake Reaper Bait Boat


  • Bait baits on the whole can be quite expensive.
  • Battery life for some models are very low, some only lasting for as little as 30/40 mins.
  • Some waters have a ban on bait boats.
  • The range that can be reached varies quite a lot depending on the make and model.
  • Some bait boats can carry a lot more bait than others so you need to check what bait capacity each one has.

Check out the review of my best 10 carp baits.

Final Take:

For me bait boats are becoming more and more popular and as already mentioned I think they definitely have a place with the modern day carp angler. I think the advantages of using a bait boat far outweigh the cost of buying a decent bait boat. Also prices have fallen quite a lot over recent years compared to what they were when they first hit the market.

Carp are becoming more and more clever and have wised up to a lot of the carpers fishing and baiting techniques but the bait boat is a big plus to the carp angler. Having the ability to accurately bait up an area at some distance without disturbing the water and spooking the fish is a massive advantage.

Click here to continue to my bait boat reviews.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments box below and I will get back to you. Thanks again.


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