Are you tired of spending loads of money on boilies for carp fishing? It’s time to up your game and start making your own boilies. In this article, we will teach you how to make boilies, proven to catch carp. By combining the right ingredients and using the proper equipment, you can make your own boilies that are irresistible to these elusive fish.
- Storing homemade boilies properly is essential for maintaining freshness and preventing spoilage.
- Using boilies in combination with other techniques such as particles, sweetcorn and liquids can increase attraction and enhance effectiveness.
- Air drying boilies helps develop a firm outer layer and enhances shelf life.
- To make homemade pop ups to use on your pop up rigs simply add pop up mix when combining the dry ingredients.
- To turn your homemade boilies into wafters you can add cork dust when mixing the dry ingredients.
Ingredients You Will Need
Ingredients you will need:
- Boilie base mix
- Bait preservative (optional)
- Flavourings of your choice (fish sauce, fish meal, chilli powder, garlic, liver… etc etc the list goes on for ages)
- Oil (hemp oil, liver oil, chilli oil
To attract carp with boilies, consider experimenting with different flavours, any flavours you want to do, go for them, there are countless flavours and combinations you could go for. If you want to experiment, make multiple batches with different flavours so you can find what works best for the places you fish.
Any type of oil can be used, it just helps with the rolling process to avoid sticking if you’re going to use a boilie rolling table.
Equipment You Will Need
To make the perfect boilies for catching carp, you’ll require a range of essential equipment. When it comes to fishing techniques, having the right tools is crucial.
- Mixing bowls
- Fork, spoon or something to mix with
- Sealable plastic bag
- Bait gun or sausage gun (optional)
- Boilie rolling table (optional)
- Drying rack
The bait gun/sausage gun and the boilie rolling table are both optional, however using both of them will make your life easier and save you lots of time in the boilie rolling process.
How to Make Boilies
Combine Your Dry Ingredients
- Start by adding all your dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, this includes your base mix and any dry flavourings such as herbs spices, and fish meals. (around 400g to 500g for our recipe that uses 4 eggs)
- Give the dry ingredients a good mix to ensure everything is combined and evenly distributed.
How to Make Boilies Base Mix
If you want to make your own simple boilie base mix from scratch, this is the process: Combine an even mix of semolina and soya flour with 10% of its combined weight of egg albumen powder.
This simple boilie base mix is great for basic boilies however carp will realise these ingredients don’t have the best nutritional values for them and may avoid eating them. Personally, I would recommend buying a good boilie base mix from a reputable bait company.
Combine Your Wet Ingredients
- In a separate bowl add 4 eggs, 5ml of your chosen oil, and your wet flavourings. (if you want to make freezer boilies you can add an additional 2 eggs to this mix)
- Use your mixing utensil to combine all of the wet ingredients together.
- If you’re planning on making shelf life boilies I would recommend adding 100ml of liquid bait preservative.
Make Your Boilie Paste
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients bowl.
- Give the combined ingredients a good mix until a paste is beginning to form.
- Kneed the boilie paste until you have a pliable but not sticky paste.
- Once you’re happy with the consistency of your boilie paste, roll it up into a ball and place it inside a sealable plastic bag for at least 30 minutes. This helps to stabilise the ingredients and draw any liquid out of the bait.
Roll Your Homemade Boilies
In this step, you can optionally roll your boilies by hand with no additional equipment. However in this guide, we’ll be using a bait gun/sausage gun and a boilie rolling table as it speeds up the process.
- Begin by funnelling the boilie paste into the sausage gun/bait gun.
- Squeeze out strips of boilie paste onto the boilie rolling table.
- Add the top section of the boil rolling table and slide back and forwards until your boilies are perfectly round.
Boiling the Baits
Once you’re happy with the shape and size of your homemade boilies it’s time to boil them.
- Heat a saucepan of water on the hob until you have a rolling boil.
- Add your boilies to the water ensuring all of them are covered, I would recommend not overfilling the saucepan with boilies as you want to make sure they cook properly.
- Boil the baits for 2 to 4 minutes or until the boilies start to float.
Airdry the Boilies
- Add the boiled baits to a drying rack and let them harden at room temperature for a couple of hours.
- Once done you can add them to a bag for easy storing.
So there you have it, angler! you’ve made your very own homemade boilies for carp fishing. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if your first batch isn’t quite up to par. Keep rolling those boilies and refining your technique until you have great boilies.
You can spice your homemade boilies up by glugging a number of them for hook baits for added attraction. You can use premade glug or make your own boilie glug.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth making your own boilies?
Yes! Making your own boilies can save money, offer customization, and be rewarding when you catch on them.
How many boilies does 1 kg of base mix make?
Most boilie base mixes will yield approximately 1.4 times their weight in ready-to-use boilies. For example, if you have 1 kg of dry base mix, you can expect to make around 1.4 kg of finished boilies from it.
What oil is best for boilies?
Popular oil choices include salmon oil, hemp oil, fish oil, and krill oil, each contributing unique scents and flavours to attract carp.
What flour is best for making boilies?
Soya flour is a great flour you can use for boilies.