Ever wondered how to make your own boilies for your carp, barbel, catfish or even tench fishing? Well here's everything you need to know about making your own bait set out in easy-to-follow steps.
Following these steps is not only easy, but believe us when we say that catching your first big fish using boilies that you have made yourself really takes some beating.
Yes - you'll need a few extra items in order to make producing your own boilies easier and faster, but if you intend to create your own baits regularly, you will quickly make up the cash that you have laid out on the rolling table and other equipment.
Not only will you quickly save cash, but you'll have the flexibility to create rock hard baits for those long sessions, or very soft baits for when bites are really easy to come by. You could create your own bait flavours, you could place cork balls within the rolled boilie mix to create pop-ups, and you could save some of the mix for paste - great for wrapping around your boilies to give them even more attraction.
Making boilies however doesn't have to be a chore. It also opens up a whole new world of possibilities and all you have to do is follow our simple sequence below which will guide you through this very easy recipe.
Mix all the powdered ingredients together really thoroughly in a large bait bucket.
Crack four large eggs into a mixing bowl and add the liquid additives and food colouring.
Slowly add dry powder to the eggs, never the reverse. Do this until a sticky paste is produced.
Put the paste in a resealable bag and leave for five minutes until all the liquid is drawn into the bait.
Pinch off a small nugget of bait and roll it between your palms until a round ball is produced.
To produce wafter hookbaits I add a handful of cork dust to the dry ingredients before mixing.
For pop-ups that stay buoyant indefinitely mould a small amount of paste around a cork ball.
Boil the baits for around one minute to give them a tough outer skin.
Lay the boilies out on a sheet of plain kitchen towel and allow them to dry for an hour or so before they go into the freezer.
7 top boilie making tips
Here are seven more great tips to help give your home-made boilies even more pulling power
When preparing winter baits, use ethyl alcohol-based flavours. This is a highly water-soluble solution, ideal for adding an instant flavour hit around the bait.
10ml to 20ml of fish oil added to your bait not only adds extra attraction, but also makes the baits easier to roll.
Make your baits bright with the addition of a powdered colour. Carp will first be drawn to a food source by its appearance, just like humans.
Make critically-balanced baits by using approximately 60percent bottom base mix and 40percent pop-up mix.
Add a palatant to your bait mixture. These bring out the best in your chosen base mix and flavour combination.
Use different shaped baits like squares, tubes or triangles, rather than standard round balls.
Don’t just use tackle shop flavours. Experiment with things like curry or chilli powder, oyster sauce or even shrimp paste.