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MAKING SECRET HOMEMADE CATFISH and CARP BAITS!
Author: Tim Richardson
It's exciting and fun to make your own bait. So why not and
go fishing and catch fish on your very own bait! It adds a
special great feeling of satisfaction to your catches! If you've
never made your own bait before, it can be like a door of new
possibilities and potential being opened wide for you. You'll
discover there's no going back!
A dough, paste or boilie bait will catch many different species
of fish and very big ones at that. They are very easy to make
too, although more advanced baits designed to seriously select
the biggest fish are very often able to catch you far more fish
overall than just a 'basic' bait.
A bewildering variety of different ingredients, additives and
flavours can make your baits more attractive to individual
species more than others. Let's look at the basics of making a
bait that will catch you catfish or carp but many other species
Most dough, paste and boilie baits are made with eggs as a major
binder substance to bind together usually dry flours, meals and
powders to form the bait dough. 'Boilies' are simply dough baits
boiled in water for a short period of time enough to make a
protective surface on the bait to make it last longer and be
thrown out at range to 'free bait' swims at range.
They do not necessarily deter small fish, but normally ensure
you have your hook bait intact when you reel in your rig after
it being in the water for a number of hours. The main question I
get is about how to make a bait bind and roll well. This is
because your bait needs to last long enough in the water to
survive attentions of 'pest smaller fish' while waiting for
bigger ones to eat your bait.
'Rolling' is about the making of usually round shapes for dough
baits to be boiled, but boiling is not always a necessary
procedure by any means. In fact I recommend not boiling baits to
wherever possible as this actually locks in perhaps 70% or more
of the initial bait attraction which by definition really needs
to be water soluble for fish to readily detect and respond
It is funny to notice that having boiled baits and even
destroyed much of the initial attraction nutrition and soluble
effect of the bait, that many anglers now have to soak them in
extra soluble liquids, additives and flavours etc, just to make
them do what they would do far better when not boiled!
Making a basic bait:
To begin with the first principle to make a dough is always add
dry ingredients (as a combined single powder, gradually mixing
them into the combined mixed wet ingredients including eggs.
Always write down the amounts of ingredients in your first batch
mixed to make things very easy and quicker to repeat
For example, crack 4 large hen eggs into a bowl. Whisk them up
with your chosen flavour and sweetener, perhaps 5 milliliters of
strawberry flavour, with a tablespoon full of honey. By adding
the dry powder, a large spoon full at a time to the liquid
mixture gradually, you can see exactly how much dry powder mixes
with your liquid so you can make this stage very quick
The level of dry powder mix to liquid mix can change between
different ingredients used in different mixes because their
absorbency or solubility will be different, so it may take more
or less liquid to mix into a bread like dough for bait making.
So you see how keeping note of exactly what you use really
helps, especially when your bait really catches lots of fish and
you want to make another batch! (This even goes as far as which
shop or supplier all your ingredients come from; it pays to be
consistent with these details.)
The easiest way to make a dough bait or boilie mix is to
purchase a proprietary one in pound or kilogram weight from a
commercial fishing bait supplier. You know that the bait will
bind together, roll into baits for boilie making and hopefully
catch you some fish.
The big drawback of using proprietary baits is often you don not
know precisely what ingredients are in the bait in what amounts
and ratios. This might seem unimportant, but if you are
targeting big fish, this is crucial. The best rule of thumb for
good baits of any description perhaps, is to pack them with high
levels of liquid protein amino acid supplements.
These can be purchased from chemists or drug stores and are used
for body building in drinks. Fish have essential requirements
for certain amino acids and many of their most essential are
supplied in abundance in these supplements. There are many
proprietary forms starting with 'Minamino' and bait suppliers
have various different versions at many concentrations often
with added oils, flavours etc.
This supplement is most effective when soaked into your bait
after boiling. In the case of dough, I would add as much as
possible, for example making your dough with a 50 - 50 percent
mixture of eggs and 'Minamino.'
Some of the simplest dough mixes are of ordinary white flour
with an equal amount of ground up sausage meat, or trout
pellets, or ground up dry dog biscuits or canned cat food or
fish for example. These combinations can be used individually or
added together to make them more complex baits.
To each of these combinations just add eggs and your sweetener
at perhaps 5 milliliters per 4 large eggs and perhaps your
flavour and away you go. If your bait is too wet, just add more
dry flour. Added semolina, maize meal or ground rice is commonly
used as an added binder material. If your mix is too dry, just
add more eggs with sweetener and flavour if desired.
One thing about pet foods is they are very cost effective, are
designed to make animals very much want to eat them and are
often very highly nutritious and complex balances of essential
nutrients and food groups of essential dietary ingredients,
often with added enzyme or bacteria to make them more attractive
and digestible. Ground up bird foods make excellent baits on
their own with added eggs and sweetener. Often the cost of a
flavour is not necessary at all for good results.
The key with baits very often is the ability to ground bait your
swim regularly sometimes even with very large quantities of
bait, either in advance or while fishing. This helps your fish
recognise your bait as food and really gets the smells and
attraction into the water to pull in the fish. This has a
massive impact upon your results, especially for catching the
If the bigger fish are your thing, them far more involved bait
components and more complex design considerations can really
guarantee results more than basic baits like these.
The author has many more fishing and bait 'edges' up his sleeve.
Every single one can have a huge impact on catches. (Warning:
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By Tim Richardson. 'The thinking angler's fishing author and
expert bait making guru.'
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About the author:
Tim Richardson is a carp and catfish bait making expert, and a
highly successful big carp and catfish angler. His massive
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