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The Simplest and Easiest Recipe for Boilies to Catch Carp

In this article I will reveal the simplest recipe for boilies, that is, homemade bait for catchng carp. I'll give you a handful of tricks and tips for making your own boilies at home.

If you're new to carp fishing and want to save money, making boilies at home is a great start and also gives you an opportunity to experiment with different flavours and colours to give you an edge over everyone else.

Don’t Overcomplicate Your Base Mixes

Nowdays it seems to be the most complicated and the most ingredients the boilie recipe has, the better the boilies supposed to be and the bigger carp they will catch. However in my experience this is not the case. Personally I believe the simpler the boilie base mix recipe is, the more you can concentrate on the liquid part of the boilie-making process.

So Where Do I Start?

If you're new to boilie making I would start with a simple basemix like this recipe below, leaving you room to customise it however you wish.

Ingredients for 500 g of Boilie Base

  • Semolina 230g
  • Soya Flour 125g
  • Maize Meal 65g
  • Milk powder 40g
  • Wheat Germ 40g

A 500g batch of base mix use would usually use around three eggs, depending on the size of the eggs you're using. When you're mixing in the eggs is the time to add any liquid attractants to your mix. This also helps lock in the flavours and help leak out the natural stimulants that carp love.

So You've Created the Simple Basemix, What's Next?

Once you have created the simple basemix above, it’s honestly up to you what you want to add to it. Great places to for base mix ingredients and liquid attractants online are AA Baits or CC Moore. Both sites have a large range of ingredients so you can make any type of boilie you wish.

Below is a list of my top favours used in carp fishing to give you an idea of what favours to try out when making boilies.

Top 5 Flavours to Try out for Boilies

  1. Chilli/Curry
  2. The Cell - Mainline Cell Activator
  3. Strawberry/ Tutti Frutti
  4. Oyster/Fish Sauce/Tuna
  5. Nut/Almond/Peanut

Boilie Flavours

There are endless amounts of flavours to try but there are those timeless flavours such as tutti frutti and fishmeal. Although there is an abundance of specialist ingredients and flavours designed for boilies making on the market, you can also find a vast number of exciting ingredients in most common supermarkets.

Below is a list of useful ingredients you can find in the supermarket that you can add to you boilie recipes.

Top Ingredients You Can Find in the Supermarket

  • Milk powder
  • Curry/Chilli powder
  • Semolina
  • Soy flour
  • Vitalin
  • Any Chinese or Indian sauces
  • Cake making flavours and extracts
  • And of course eggs

Test, Test, and Test Your Boilies

Testing homemade boilies can help you find the right recipe for you. Making your own bait gives you a unique advantage as no one else on your lake will be using it.

The easiest way to test your homemade baits is you take them to a highly stocked commercial fishery and catch a few fish on them, which will build your confidence to using them on a lower stocked specimen lake for much bigger carp.

An example of what you can catch with this simple base mix

An example of what you can catch with this simple base mix

Don't Forget to Have Fun!

The world of boilie-making is very exciting and creative so if you haven't given it a go I would highly recommend trying it out. Making your own bait can save you lots of money and at the end of the day a huge amount of fun.

If this article has helped you in any way, I would love to hear how you got on. Leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have on anything boilie-related.


Tim on July 20, 2020:

For pop-ups microwave instead of boiling... spread out on a plate, high for 1min, then 30sec at a time until they seem done.

Dave on July 10, 2020:

Whats the ingredient that makes pop ups buoyant... yeast ? Bicarbonate of soda ?

Mark on July 10, 2019:

Im hoping to make a high leakage boilie, a short session bait. What ingredients will make boilie breakdown faster?

justine callaghan on June 30, 2018:

☺thanks theres no way im gettin caught up in the expensive bollies out there!

1st time carp fishing this wk and i want to do it with my own bait and rigs☺