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Roll Your Own - Homemade Boilies with Michael Koester
Michael Koester of Team Korda, Germany, leads us through some of his most successful homemade baits in a step by step guide to the art of home rolling.
Note: This article references the Budget Boilies piece written by Michael. You will find all the base mixes there.
In one of my last articles, I wrote about some cheap boilie mixes which caught a lot of carp for me, and hopefully for you also. This month I will give you advice on how to roll your own baits with ease. The first thing to do: Buy all the items and ingredients you need: dry ingredients for the mix, flavor, additives, and eggs. The rest you might need can be found in the kitchen (please clean the stuff after your work, I had my problems in the past!).
For your first time making/rolling baits, don´t plan to roll 10kg of baits at a time, because it can take a long time and you may lose your faith, among other things. Experimenting and gaining experience using smaller batches is the way to go!
- Break 6 eggs and add all your liquids and flavors you want into it.
- Stir well. Perhaps, you can add a little bit of oil as well.
- Begin with 1lb of dry (base) mix. (A list of dry ingredients was included in the last article)
- Add a small portion of base mix to the liquid mixture, step by step, until you get a paste which does not stick to your hands.
- Let the paste rest for 15 minutes or so and then you can start to roll your own first batch of boilies!
With a Rolling Table:
- Roll some paste into a sausage shape, then cut it into the correct length for your rolling table. Place the bait sausage between both halves of the rolling table and push the top half back and forth.
- After 2-3 pulls, remove the upper portion of the table and you should see your first “raw” boilies. If they are not round, try to use a matching sausage.
- The raw boilies should be put into boiling water for a minute or until they float to the surface of the water
- Remove the boilies and put them on a towel to dry
- Let the boilies dry for a night and then you can freeze them in plastic bags for later use.
(A little tip: Don´t put too many baits into one bag, in case you need to freeze them again.)
Without a Rolling Table:
If you don´t have a rolling table, you can produce your own boilies by hand rolling or rolling the paste into a square form and making cubes with a knife. Boilies DON’T HAVE TO BE round…who said that? They will fly much better if catapulted or thrown out with a boilie stick when round, but sometimes a square-shaped boilie is much better e.g. for river fishing. Just follow the same procedure of boiling, drying, and storing after hand rolling your boilies.
Another good way to preserve your bait, or delay it from “going off” is to de-hydrate your baits, meaning dry them out for some days (it depends on the temperature and humidity of your area) so that they go rock hard. Put the baits into an air drysack or carpsack and shake it every day or so. If they are completely de-hydrated, then you can put the baits into a paper sack and store them in a dry and warm place. These baits are perfect if you want to fish boilies for the first time on your lake. All you have to do is re-hydrate the baits in the cooking water of your particles. They will soak up all the good juices which came out while cooking your baits and will taste a bit like the particles, e.g. corn or hemp. It helps if you roll smaller baits, like 10 or 12 mm and perhaps add a little colour (yellow for corn or brown for hemp), so the carp have the impression that your boilies are similar to the particles. The first batches should have lower levels of flavour to match the particles. You will see that a lake, new to the use of boilies, will switch on sooner or later. Then you have another bait in your armory to catch some good ones. I tried this some 15 years ago and have used this preparation for the last 9 months or so. The results have been very good and my favorite re-hydration juice is hemp water! Absolutely deadly if you fish it with hemp.
My friend and I made a little video to show all the details you need to produce your first batch of home made boilies. The feeling after the first catch with your own home made bait is unbelievable, not to mention your increased confidence! Ask any professional carper, CONFIDENCE is one of the vital things in carp fishing!
In the next issue, we’ll show you how to produce your own special hookbaits and pop ups. So now is the right time to put some work into your summer campaign.
Carpe diem a carp every day.