Homemade Boilie Recipes – Catch Carp on a Budget
Supermarket boilie recipes are all over the internet and carp fishing magazines offering some great advice on ingredients to make the perfect supermarket boilie mix.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing ingredients and you will almost certainly find yourself considering all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients to try in your boilie mix.
After much trial and error and field testing on lots of lakes we have had great success on a cheap to make high catch rate boilie that is nutritional to the carp but also only cost approximately £3.50 per kg to make!
So let’s get into it…
Choose Your Supermarket Wisely
We have had mixed success at the main 6 supermarkets in the UK, by this we mean Tesco’s, Morrisons, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, ALDI, Lidl.
Tesco Superstores came up trumps for their variety of potential boilie ingredients, in one shop you can get enough ingredients to make approx. 5kg of boilies for about £15, so if you have a Tesco Superstore local to you then I’d recommend you go there and not bother with the other Supermarkets mentioned above.
Carp do not smell like us
Don’t be fooled by the hype, Carp as a species are similar to pigs, they will eat just about any food source that’s put in front of them.
Research has found that carp are able to detect amino acids at incredibly low levels, as low as one part per trillion!
To put that into context, that’s around one teaspoon of Amino Acids in a lake approximately 1000 acres.
I’m a strong believer that it’s not necessarily just the smell of a bait that gets a carp’s attention, the nutritional value of a bait also plays a part in whether a carp will take your bait.
With that in mind try not to focus on which ingredient has the strongest scent but instead what nutritional value it can bring to the mix.
Even a seemingly odourless bait can have devastating catch rates.
Boilie Mix Ingredients
A boilie in simple terms is a mix of powdered ingredients mixed with egg, it is then formed into a stiff dough before being rolled into balls and boiled for 1-2 minutes which coined them the name “boilies”.
A typical mix would consist of what we call a 50/50 mix, this is 50% good nutritional ingredients and 50% bulk binding ingredients to help the mix roll.
You can tweak this, a 60/40 mix will still produce a nice boilie but much lower than this and you may encounter trouble rolling the baits as they break apart easily.
Strawberry Cream & Nut Boilies
A true all year round bait with a subtle