Making Cheap Boilies! For Carp Fishing
Making Cheap Boilies!
The one thing I have found in fishing all these years from waters
both in the UK and abroad is that you dont have to spend a fortune
on bait to catch big carp.
I have experimented a lot in the past with various baits but for
the past four years i have used the same bait for all my boilie
The base mix consists of:
8oz of yellow semolina
6oz of fishmeal
2oz of Robin Red
plus mixed spices
The flavors consist of:
5mls of Megaspice (Rod Hutchinson)
5mls of Seedbait Sense Appeal(Rod Hutchinson)
12 drops RH1 Oil (Rod Hutchinson)
20 mls of Fish feed inducing oil (local trout farmer)
Heres a nice English thirty , one of many
large carp caught on this bait
The semolina can be purchased from any pasta factory or large bakery.
I pay about 9 UK pounds for a 25 KG (55 pounds) sack
The fishmeal can be purchased from any animal feed supplier(about 10 UK
pounds) per sack. Get the one intended for animal feed only ! I use
chilean fish meal which
is a mixture of anchovy and sardine.
Robin Red is a brand name for a UK birdfood from Haiths of cleethorpes,Lincs.
It contains spices and red peppers amongst other things.
It is used as a colour food for show birds , when they eat it, it colours
The fish feed inducing oil is put only in the hookbaits in winter.
When the temperature drops the oil tends to thicken (increased
viscosity). The attractors are added to 6 (size 2) eggs then the powder is
added until you make a dough that no longer sticks to your fingers.
Be careful as to not add too much powder , if it is too dry you wont be
able to roll it .
You can either roll the balls out by hand (which takes a long time!)
or you can use a bait gun which extrudes the bait in one long
sausage of a set diameter (i use 14ml baits)
The sausages are then rolled out using rolling tables (Gardner tackle)
The baits are then boiled for 2mins , normally about 100 at a time
to keep the water at boiling point.
The baits are left out to dry on towels or cloth (i leave them overnight
before freezing them or using them)
You can normally get 2 pounds (1 KG) of baits per 6 egg mix
The hookbaits (18mls) are rolled around cork balls to make them
pop-up. I dont use critically balanced baits , infact i overweight
them quite a bit as i feel it helps the rig i use work better!
Tips on Making your own Boilies
I know that some people reading this will not be in the UK so here is
some places to look for bits and pieces.Health food shops are my number
one choice as they have all sorts of good things from Soya
flour(cooked)which is a good bulk ingredient (rolls slightly better than
but makes a softer bait!) , dried brewers yeast, use as an attractor with
only 1-2oz per pound of dry mix. Look for spices such as paprika and
cinnamon.If you can get hold of maize meal , this is a fantastic
bulk ingredient as it makes the baits very dense (good for flowing rivers!)
and also very hard (stops the little fish pecking at the baits!)
A lot of the harder ready made boilies contain Maize meal and whey
proteins to make them selective towards carp.
Also look for attractors such as the essential oils
used in aroma therapy. Some are good ,some are rubbish.One of the best is
Black Pepper followed by Geranium .Use these oils in very small amounts,
normally 12-24 drops per 6 eggs.
Sometimes health food shops carry a bodybuilding section. Look for
liquid amino acids. They normally say on the bottle extract of liver
and spleen. If you cant get that , liquid liver is just as good.
Use these at 5-20mls per 6 egg mix depending on concentration.
Infact powdered liver is an excellent attractor in its own right
but very expensive.Its best used at 1oz per pound of dry mix.
Local pet shops have excellent bits and pieces from Birdfoods(softfoods
made from eggs and spices are best) or various cat
and dog snacks that can be ground and mixed in place of the fishmeal.
Infact a lot of the (fishy) cat snacks contain fishmeal!
Also have a look at some of the snacks that float as you can catch
carp on the surface with these.
Also dont forget to look out for all the various seeds and pulses
that can be used while you are there.
Supermarkets are very underrated but contain loads of great carp
baits and ingredients.
Toasted sesame oil is a great attractor put in at 15mls per 6 egg mix.
Look in the spice section there's some great bits and pieces there.
They normally sell bottles of flavors, use only small amounts
3-5 mls per 6 egg mix . (if you use too much it will act as a repellant!)
When using flavors a certain amount of experimentation is needed to
get the best result.Always start on the low side then increase the
dossage a little bit every trip.But be careful as more flavour
does not equal more carp!
My Boilie Mix in the USA
Nearly all these ingredients were bought from local health food
shops and supermarkets .
6oz soya flour
20 drops black pepper oil
4 mls of maple flavors
four medium eggs
If you want to make cheap boilies use yellow semolina as the bulk
ingredient. The best place to
get it from is any PASTA factory or anywhere they make pasta (not ITALY
!) They will
normally sell you a 25KG (55 pounds) sack for very little money just to
get rid of you. One tip
is Don't tell them what you want it for or you could spend the next three
years of your life
explaining about carp fishing !
fa you cant get hold of semolina the next best thing is SOYA FLOUR, the
cooked variety seems
by far the best! Health food shops and supermarkets are a great places
for bits and pieces. The
spices such as paprika and cinnamon are excellent additives If you mix
10oz of semo with 6oz of soya flour with eggs, flavor and col our, you
will get boilies just like ready mades :-) By adjusting this mix with
bits and pieces you can make any type of mix you require
Black Pepper is an essential oil , you can get it from any health food
shop.(its used in aromatherapy!) Its quite expensive , about 7 dollars
for a tiny bottle but you dont use much so it will make at least 10 mixes
Heres what the boilies should look
Heres a little missouri carp caught
on the above boilies
You can also catch Catfish with boilies !
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