Make your Boilies
boilies is not as difficult as some anglers would have you believe.
Although ready-made or shelf life boilies are extremely effective
and do catch a great number of carp, making boilies will improve
your catches, save you money and can be fun. Many serious carp
anglers would not consider using ready mades and insist on making
their own. Their argument being that by using only fresh ingredients,
which will be more acceptable to the carp, your catch rates will
increase dramatically. The other argument in favour of home made
boilies is of course cost. Making a reasonable sized batch of your
own boilies, especially if you share the cost with a friend, can
save a good deal of expense, and once you have some of the basic
tools and flavours in stock, they become increasingly cheaper with
here is a quick guide to get you started in the art of boilie making.
With practice you will soon be making baits that those carp just
basic ingredients of any boilie are a good base mix, Ĺ a dozen eggs,
flavourings, colourings and maybe sweetener. You will also find the
job a lot easier if you have available a bait gun and a rolling
table. Although these are not essentials, they will save a lot of
time, mess and hassle. Other pieces of equipment you will require
are a mixing bowl, a fork, whisk or electric mixer, a syringe,
kitchen scales, saucepan, metal sieve and an air drying tray in
which to finish off the baits. A clean surface on which to work with
the equipment laid out ready will help you to complete the job more
going into much detail, the rule here is to always mix the dry
ingredients together in one container, and the wet ingredients in
another. That said, let' sstart with the dry. Place the required
amount of base mix into your mixing bowl. For half a dozen eggs,
this will probably be 16 oz, but you can always add a little more
later if needed. Most mixes will come with mixing instructions from
the manufacturer, so always follow these. Add any powdered additives
such as sweetener, about Ĺ a teaspoon of each usually, but again,
follow instructions on the container. Mix this well, ensuring that
all of the additives are well incorporated into the base mix. Now in
a separate bowl, mix the liquid ingredients. First crack open the
eggs and place in a large mixing bowl. Now add your liquid flavours.
Use a syringe and measure the exact quantity stated. Never overdo it,
even if you can't smell it, it is there, and even slightly too much
flavour can repel the carp rather than attract them. Now whisk the
eggs and flavours very thoroughly or the flavour will not be evenly
distributed amongst your finished baits.
add the powdered ingredients to the egg mix, slowly stirring
together with a fork as you gradually add more powder. An electric
mixer can be used here if you prefer, but do start it off on a slow
speed, or your ingredients will end up everywhere. Keep adding the
base mix and form a paste which is just sticky to the touch but not
too dry or your baits will split. If you find the mix sticking to
your hands, a little cooking oil on them will stop it happening.
is the time to load the paste into your bait gun. First roll it into
a sausage shape that fits into the gun. Squeeze the bait out of the
gun across your rolling table, forming 3 thin sausage shapes. Place
the top of the table over the baits and roll it backwards and
forwards a few times. Lift it off again and you should have a batch
of raw boilies. If the paste sticks to the table, you need to add
more powder next time. If you don't have a rolling table and gun,
you are going to be there for a while as you hand roll each bait
into a ball.
boil your water and have ready a metal sieve. Placing few baits at a
time into the sieve, dunk it into the water. About 30 baits at a
time is good depending on the size of your container. Allow them to
boil for about 45 - 60 seconds depending on their size. The longer
you leave them, the harder they will, be, so if you have to suffer
crayfish in your water, you may want to leave them a little longer.
Also the bigger the boilie, the longer they take. I would estimate
45 seconds for a 14mm boilie of average hardness. Once boiled,
remove them and place them in a drying tray while you get on with
the next lot.
store, freeze and use
all of your baits have dried, you can store them for use. If you
want them very dry, a week or two in the airing cupboard will help,
remember that if they are still moist, they will start to mould
unless you freeze them. Freezing is best done in small polythene
bags. Remove as much air as you can and place straight into the
you want to make some pop ups during the above process, this is
easily achieved by hand rolling some of your mixture around cork
balls. Then cook and store as normal. Don't forget to keep them
separately or you wont know which is which when you come to use them.
Some anglers make their pop-ups bigger so that they can tell them
- Always keep a log of the boilies that you make, and always use the
same size eggs. This way, to repeat a successful recipe or refine a
not so good one, you will be able to look up exactly what you did
last time you made it.
Remember - Too much flavour is a waste of boilie mixture. It won't help you catch but will have the opposite effect and scare the carp off.
The problem with paste baits is that they can break up or get nibbled at by the smaller fish, which if fishing for carp, could be annoying to the angler. The result was to create a more robust kind of bait by adding egg to the paste, rolling into small balls and then boiling in water to create a smooth enclosure. Because carp fishing at a commercial level is a recent phenomenon that has now become huge in the UK, there naturally was an increase in the demand for carp tackle. The fact that the carp love the flavours within the bollies meant that their commercialism came into effect. Producing your own bollies can be time consuming, so for the occasional angler, the pre-packed variety are fine, no longer needing to add their own recipes of strange flavours, colours and scents to the pastes, opting instead for more easily available versions.
Now, bolllies are used in such abundance, that carp have incorporated them into their diet. Anglers use them so much now that the fish are getting fatter from this quantity of food meaning bigger carps getting fished every season. However many fisheries have shown a dislike to this bait - because of the inexpensiveness of this bait, many anglers have not used them responsibly meaning those that don't get eaten by the fish simply rot in the water contaminating it.
The science of
If you have trouble with the boilies not sinking, either too much air has got into the mixture - so knead the air out more next time, or too much egg has been added, which next time replace with heavier corn flour or ground rice. If when mixing paste, it is too sticky, it may be worth adding more ingredients.
1 mix the dry