Catching carp on bait that you’ve rolled yourself is a very exciting part of carp fishing and very rewarding. Rolling your own carp bait can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. In this article I’m going to take you through the equipment and process I have used to make Blue Oyster boilies using Nutrabaits’ base mix and liquid.
The equipment listed here will enable you to prepare a 10kg batch of finished bait in approximately 3 hours and is what I use to make my own carp bait.
- Large mixing bowl
- Weigh scales
- 1 x set of measuring spoons with 2.5 to 5ml capacity
- Large ziploc bag
- A cloth
- Large wooden chopping/preparation board
- Gardner Tackle Rolaball Baitmaster, Giant Size, mounted to a flip table
- A tray or bucket to catch baits when they are done
- 13kg gas cylinder and large triple ring burner
- Large 50 litre capacity cooking pot with lid
- Large strainer basket large enough to fill the cooking pot
- 4 x air dry trays (300 x 600mmx 40mm deep)
- 1kg capacity pneumatic boilie gun with nozzle cut to the correct size
- 1 x 50 litre air compressor
- A sack or tub of Blue Oyster Base mix (you’ll need about 6.5 kg to make 10 kg of bait)
- A bottle of blue oyster liquid (you’ll need about 80ml to make 10kg of bait)
- 60 medium sized fresh eggs (to make 10kg of bait)
- A bottle of regular cooking oil (I use rapeseed but you can use hempseed or salmon oil for extra flavour)
3-stage process to make your own boilies
Stage 1: Prepare the bait mix
1. Fill the cooking pot half full with tap water, place on the burner and light all three rings. Place the strainer basket inside and cover with the lid. Using a lid on the pot will reduce the time and gas consumed as well as eliminate draughts from the burner.
2. Connect the boilie gun to the compressor and pressurize the compressor reservoir to 100psi.
3. Place the mixing bowl on the scales, press tare and weigh 500gr of mix. Set the mix to one side
4. Empty the bowl of base mix and crack 6 eggs into the mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with the fork till smooth.
5. Add 7.5ml of Blue Oyster liquid to the eggs and whisk together to fully incorporate the liquid into the eggs.
6. Set aside and check the temperature of the water. You can continue when you estimate that the water is hot enough to come to the boil within the next 5 minutes.
7. Now add the 500 grams of base mix; don’t add it all in one go, aim for 450 grams, verify the mix consistency and add the balance as required. Use the fork to incorporate the mix into the eggs.
8. The mix is ready when it is stiff enough to form a large ball, no longer sticks to your hands …