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    Hi, So I am looking to start making my own boilies, I was reading a lot of recipes and I was wondering how people got the right amount of eggs, if I used, 5oz Semolina, 3oz Soya Flour, how many eggs would I use Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishermandan View Post
    Hi, So I am looking to start making my own boilies, I was reading a lot of recipes and I was wondering how people got the right amount of eggs, if I used, 5oz Semolina, 3oz Soya Flour, how many eggs would I use Thanks.
    I don't use eggs. But if you do then its a simple case of adding the dry powders and ingredients to the liquids to form a dough similar to the consistency of playdough which include beaten eggs, flavours, colours and oils. You can never accurately state with certainty how many eggs you will require due to the fact that no two eggs are the same size or weight.

    So.... one MEDIUM (average) size egg (as a trial one-egg-mix without any additional liquids added) will produce 60 x 15mm boilies or 80 x 12mm boilies and will require around 100g of base mix.

    Good luck.

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    I typed "simple boilie recipes" into Google and couldn't believe how many ingredients people put into their boilies. It's like rocket science and I haven't heard of half the stuff they use
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    Fishermandan - For many years I used to make my own boilies. The basic mix was 5oz semolina (coarse), 2oz potatostarch (farina), 3oz soya flour. Mix with 3 medium eggs (must be fresh) and powdered or liquid colouring and flavouring. When rolling if the mix is too dry add more water if too wet add more boilie mix, then boil for 3 minutes, allow to dry then freeze. I know lots of people suggest boiling for less time but with this mix if it is not boiled for long enough the boilie will disintegrate in mid air if a throwing stick is used and it will soften too much over night.

    I used to mix a plastic dustbin of dry boilie mix, buy dozens of eggs at a time, roll thousands of boilies and boil them in a Baby Burco, then freeze. My poor wife was so patient.

    Don't bother with HNV or high protein mixes, too many different boilies are going in our waters for the fish to be able to recognise a "good" bait and anyway the HNV route is nonsense.

    However; be warned, there are better baits for carp than boilies, try tiger nuts over wheat!!! Luckily I have now seen the light and mainly try to catch big roach!

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    I admire people who have the time, ability and patience to make their own boilies. There must be some advantage I suppose. It is probably financial? Or
    maybe its the belief that theirs will be superior? I can understand the satisfaction of catching on homemades just like homemade floats etc. though.

    If its just financial there are some alternative bargains out there. I bought some Tuti Fruti at Aldi (DONT LAUGH COS THEY CATCH) at a price you couldn't make them for. They probably come from the same maker as as your tackle shop ones? Go Outdoors were knocking boilies out at half price a month or so ago.
    On the "superior" theme, I doubt it as commercial made boilies seem to catch well.

    I await the incoming flak from the boilie makers

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    Hi, thanks for the help, I was reading about it a lot, and a lot of people freeze their boilies, do you have to freeze them or is it optional, so the Soya Flour,Semolina, Eggs, is just the base and then add Colour, Flavor

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    I make my own purely because I don't find the locally available ones to be inspiring. I haven't a clue about the science involved and don't particularly subscribe to the HNV route. But then again, I am an afternoon angler and don't mount 72 hour or 7 day wars of attrition. Or make money out of angling.

    The aim of a boilie for me is the purely historic one, ie. to avoid the attention of smaller fish such as bream and roach. If I didn't need to avoid bream and roach I would just use a stack of maize grains as that has given me the best results over the last two years. I've tried the type of boilies the locals favour - Tuti-Fruit and Strawberry and even glugged them in strawberry food flavouring. Maize catches more fish where I go.

    Based on what I have learned about the carp and barbel over here I aim to make something that will be readily accepted by fish that don't see many angler's baits. And given that I use seed and micro pellets as loose feed and groundbait my boilies reflect that. So instead of using semolina and soya as a binder I use a mixture of ground hempseed and coarse maize flour with a touch of sunflower oil and paprika. Paprika is one of the attractants found in Robin Red. That makes a boilie that is basically a lump of the stuff I'm loose feeding with a bit extra flavour. I can wrap that in a paste made from the same ingredients and ground pellets. The paste will last about ten or fifteen minutes leaving a loose pile of what the boilie is made from.

    For barbel I add some salmon cat food into the binder mix to give a boilie with the texture similar to luncheon meat and wrap those with a paste made from the same ingredients plus some blue cheese to hold it together better in running water.

    I'll make a batch of each up and let them dry for 2 or 3 days. Then I freeze them in batches and any left over after a session get crumbled up into the next session's groundbait.
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    nicepix...interesting about your observation about French fish that havn't seen anglers bait. I fished a side stream cum overflow stretch joining the Rhone just South of Avingnon and couldn't get a touch on meat for the barbel. Then I tried good old sweetcorn. It was like magic. Plenty of barbel although not large. Chub and those "silver crucians".

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterjg View Post
    Don't bother with HNV or high protein mixes, too many different boilies are going in our waters for the fish to be able to recognise a "good" bait and anyway the HNV route is nonsense.
    Have you ever considered the reason why fish sometimes eat natural and real-food baits over inferior man made rubbish? Not all boilies are alike, the reason why I don't boil or put eggs in my mixes for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john step View Post
    nicepix...interesting about your observation about French fish that havn't seen anglers bait. I fished a side stream cum overflow stretch joining the Rhone just South of Avingnon and couldn't get a touch on meat for the barbel. Then I tried good old sweetcorn. It was like magic. Plenty of barbel although not large. Chub and those "silver crucians".
    When we lived at the rented cottage I used to walk past a small farm lake containing a load of carp and roach that only I ever fished for. When the Chasse put in some duck feeders carp up to around 10lb would beach themselves to get at the maize grains on the bank.

    Doesn't matter where I fish, maize or sweetcorn dependent on what size of fish I'm after are the most consistent hook baits. Even in areas that will never have been fished. As I said; I don't understand the science of boilie making and the reason for using semolina. But for me roughly ground maize or cornflour is going to be more attractive to fish such as carp and barbel and that is what I use to bulk out the boilie mix.
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