WITH boilies being so easy to buy, it begs the question: why should you ever want to make your own?
Well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll know just how effective it can be to change the colour, flavour and even the shape and size of your baits, and one tactic that I come back to time and again is micro boilies.
I don’t just use these for carp, but also regularly for barbel and chub too. Tiny versions can even be used for smaller species such as roach, where they help to pick out the bigger members of the shoal.
Here's how I do it...
Using one base mix you can quickly make a range of different boilies to really open up your presentation options – it pays to experiment!
1 - Begin the process by breaking several large eggs into a big mixing bowl.
2 - Add a teaspoonful of the liquid additives supplied with the base mix for each egg used.
3 - Mix the liquid ingredients well and then slowly add the boilie powder, mixing all the time.
4 - Using a fork, mix the paste to a smooth and even consistency. Make sure no lumps remain.
5 - Stop mixing only when you have produced a firm ball of paste that looks like this.
6 - Keep back an egg-sized lump of paste. This is what you can use as a hookbait wrap.
7 - Break the remaining paste into palm-sized pieces – the ideal size to make boilie pancakes.
8 - Use a rolling pin or an empty bottle to flatten the paste to around 10mm thick.
9 - Boil each pancake for around two minutes to create a firm skin around the outside.
10 - Allow the baits to dry for about 10 minutes on a few sheets of kitchen towel.
11 - When fishing, break the pancake into chunks. You can see here that the inside is still quite soft.
12 - Roughly shaped pieces leach out flavour quickly and look very different to normal boilies.