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Dry corn / maize

First, the corn / maize had to be peeled the old-fashioned way, by hand.



The corn / maize is now peeled and ready to soak in water.

Soaking dry corn / maize

To soak the corn / maize, it is necessary to cover the corn with a few inches of water (tap water or lake water) . Corn / maize should be soaked for at least 24 hours to 30 hours or more.



I soaked the corn for 24 hours in a warm place. I strained the corn before cooking and drained the water (I will not use this water anymore).



Cooking soaked corn / maize

In my case, I poured water on the corn / maize in which I cooked the boilies. If you do not have this water, pour clean water from a tap or lake.

Now the corn / maize is ready for cooking.

Stir several times during cooking.

When the corn / maize started to cook I added one packet of instant hot chocolate powder and mixed everything together.

For an extra chocolate flavor I added 2 small bars of chocolate.

About an hour of cooking (on low heat)



If the corn / maize is cooked, check it by squeezing it between two fingers. it is cooked when you can squeeze it very easily.

Now the corn is cooked. Turn off the stove and cover the pot. It is best to leave the corn / maize in the pot for at least a few hours or better until the next day.



Corn / maize is ready for fishing

Till next time …

…… tight lines and wet nets!

Author: Marina Kropec


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Some basic information about common earthworm:

  • Latin name: Lumbricus terrestris
  • Also the name used as night crawler (feeding above ground at night).
  • Diet: Herbivore (leaves, decaying roots, living organisms – protozoans, rotifers, bacteria, fungi in soil)
  • Size: Up to 38 cm / 15 inches
  • Weight: Up to 11gr / 0.40 ounces
  • Earthworms don’t have lungs; they breathe through their skin. 
  • Earthworms have five “hearts” that pump blood through their bodies.
  • Worms are hermaphrodite – both male and female.
  • They lay eggs every 7-10 days.
  • Worm eggs are called cocoons.
  • Worms can produce 1000 babies in 6 months.
  • Baby worms hatch out after 7 days.
  • Worms die quickly when they get dry.
  • Earthworms provide a principal food source for various wildlife including birds, reptiles, insects, fish and more.

First step: preparation

in these times when there are restrictions on movement outside municipalities (depending on the country) and thus more or less impossible to buy live baits in fishing shops (usually live baits are not sent by mail) it is necessary to use good old techniques to find earthworms and other baits. This technique is of course very difficult to use if you live in a city or do not have access to meadows, fields and the like. But if you have this option as I have, I highly recommend it because you can collect enough earthworms in a bad hour (especially if it was raining the day before) for a few hours or even the whole day of fishing.

You just need it:



First you gather a few leaves to cover the bottom of the bucket. However, you can put straw or something similar at the bottom of the bucket instead of leaves (ue to the absorption of excess moisture and liquid from the soil). It is true that earthworms like moist soil but too wet does not suit them either.

A shovel is required for this worm-catching technique.

Put soil on the leaves (the best soil is molehill because it is loosened).

I found the first earthworm and haven’t started looking for them yet. They obviously adore loosened earth, even though they are food for moles.

Another fresh bunch of mole hill.



The bucket is ready for new residents.



Second step: catch earthworms

Now follows a very simple process to get the worms out of the ground: you push the shovel into the ground and then push it back and forth at least 20x times. You repeat this to cause vibrations in the soil around the shovel, which you can of course feel yourself.

Earthworms usually come out of the ground very quickly. when the earthworms no longer come out of the ground just move a few meters forward or go to another meadow and repeat the process.



If earthworms are in the area they come to the surface soon. Longer and thicker earthworms take a little longer to get out of the soil (if they are in the area, of course).

Patience is needed here if we want to catch larger earthworms, otherwise smaller earthworms are caught faster. For fishing smaller fish such as roach, perch, common bleak, rudd, dace, gudgeon, … smaller and thinner earthworms are most suitable for bait.

They usually crawl out of the ground very quickly and also quickly hide back in it.

Earthworms need to be picked up as soon as they come to the surface because otherwise they will hide back into the ground.


Photo / video equipment I use in my work: 👇


Some of the earthworms were really huge. Suitable for fishing larger species of fish such as carp, bass, barbel, catfish, eel, chub, ….

A delicious protein bite that fish can’t give up not to eat.

Earthworms hide underground very quickly.

In the end it is necessary to cover the soil with grass to prevent the soil from drying out.

When you have finished collecting earthworms, store the bucket in a dark and cool place. I recommend that you do not keep earthworms in the bucket for more than 7 days (in the meantime it is also necessary to take care of soil moisture – light spraying with water at least once a day).

Earthworms do not escape from the bucket but it is better to cover the bucket with a net or something similar (it is important that air circulation is enabled at all times, otherwise the earthworms will die).

If you want to have earthworms available for a longer period of time or to cultivate them, it is necessary to provide them with a much larger living space and, of course, food. This type of earthworm cultivation (also different types of earthworms) is called vermiculture.

Baits are ready for fishing

If you are limited only to movement in your municipality and fishing is of course allowed in it (subject to all safety rules of course) there is almost always some small pond or stream to be found. Sometimes even very small ponds and extremely narrow and shallow streams hide fish that you don’t even see at first glance. It is true that in most fish these are smaller species (roach, rudd, chub, perch, …), but what could be nicer than an hour or more to enjoy nature and at the same time breathe fresh air and catch a fish or two maybe more, try it you won’t be sorry.

Till next time …

Tight lines and wet nets!


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in this post I write how I prepare my base mix for boilies and recipe. I always mix boilie base mix at least one week (usually one month) before making boilies. I do this to give the mix a special scent from all the ingredients. But of course this is not absolutely necessary and you can skip this step. This is my method of preparation, but of course you can upgrade it to your own, as this is also the charm of making your own boilie base mixes.

You can use different flours and other ingredients in boilie base mixes. At the beginning of making your own boilie base mixes, it is important not to buy expensive ingredients (at least not in quantity) and I recommend that you focus on making simple recipes. Simple recipes mean that base mix consist of 3 to 5 ingredients that are more or less available at the grocery store and of course they catch fish.

Boilie base mix described in this post does not fall into the category of simple mixes, but you can try using some of the ingredients in your mixes or use my recipe described below. Because I make boilies by hand I do not use a boilie sausage gun (i had it and i sold it) and I also very rarely use boilie roller. So I don’t know how this mix works with these tools for making boilies.



Buckwheat flour, polenta, blood powder (purified)
Buckwheat flour, polenta, blood powder (purified)
Brewer's yeast, krill meal (antarctic), herring meal
Brewer’s yeast powder, krill meal (antarctic), herring meal


Bird seeds mix, Supergold 60 (60% maize protein), the final mix
Bird seeds mix, Supergold 60 (60% maize protein), the final mix

Boilie base mix recipe

Recipe for one kilogram (1000 gram/gm/g) boilie base mix.

  1. Polenta: 38% or 380g or 13.4 ounce or 0.84 pound
  2. Buckwheat flour: 20% or 200g or 7.1 ounce or 0.44 pound
  3. Supergold 60 (60% maize protein): 20% or 200g or 7.1 ounce or 0.44 pound
  4. Bird seeds mix (: 7% or 70g or 2.5 ounce or 0.15 pound
  5. Krill meal (antartic): 5% or 50g or 1.8 ounce or 0.11 pound
  6. Herring meal: 5% or 50g or 1.8 ounce or 0.11 pound
  7. Blood powder (purified): 3% or 30g or 1.1 ounce or 0.07 pound
  8. Brewer’s yeast: 2% or 20g or 0.7 ounce or 0.04 pound

Conclusion

The combinations of ingredients to make a boilie base mix are enormous. All you have to do is research and test different ingredients to make the bait stand out from the competition. Most importantly, keep the ingredients in a cool, dark place and I recommend buying the ingredients as much as you need. Old, moldy, rotten and expired flour and other ingredients are not suitable for fish and aquatic life (you probably wouldn’t eat it yourself).


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Nowadays when fishing shop are more or less very stocked with a variety of carp fishing bait (pop up boilie, wafters, ready made boilies, hook pellet, frozen boilies, dumbell,…) today many people do not even think about doing the bait themselves.

Are we always satisfied with the carp fishing bait purchased at the fishing shop? My opinion and answer is no.

In my test I used a basic pop up mix to make pop – up boilies. But I added quite a few other ingredients to this basic mix. I can’t write recipe for this pop – up boilie mix, because unfortunately i just tried something without measuring the exact weight in grams. I know my mistake, which I will correct and write in the near future.

But I can write the names of the dry ingredients I added to the basic mix and you can try it for yourself:

I’ve added quite a few ingredients, but you don’t have to use everything in your mix. I like to try different ingredients so my mixes are sometimes very extreme.

Video How to make pop up boilie on my YouTube channel, to watch the video click below 👇👇👇👇👇👇:



Equipment for making pop up boilies:

  • fork, mixing bowl, towel or kitchen cloth, saucepan, kitchen mesh strainers or similar to capture boilies from boiling water, boilie rolling table or your hands 🤲
  • The first step is to crack one egg (or more, depending on the amount of pop up mix) of any size.


  • Mix the egg well. Air bubbles improve the buoyancy of a pop up boilies.




  • Mix all the liquid ingredients together.
  • Slowly add the dry mix, but not all at once.
  • I added too little mix so it looks liquid, so i add some dry mix.




  • Better to slowly add the mix until the paste is compact and no longer sticks to your hands.
  • The pop up boilie paste is made and I left the paste for about 24 hours. Otherwise, about 30 minutes is sufficient for the ingredients to bind and absorb the liquid.
  • Boilie I made by hand, without the use of bait rolling table and extrusion guns (even with such a small amount, this is not necessary).
  • The water is already boiling and the boilies are ready for cooking.
  • Pop up boilies should be placed in boiling water and in such a quantity that the water does not cool when placed in boiling water (that the water is still hot and quickly starts to boil again).
boiling pop up
  • Boil for 1 – 3 min, depending on the size of the boilies (the larger the diameter of the boilies, the longer they boil). In my case they boiling for 1 – 2 min.


  • Place cooked on towel to cool and dry. Do not load boilies on top of each other, it is very important to cool them as soon as possible.
  • The pop up boilies will now dry about 3 – 4 days. Because there are no preservatives in boilies they will be stored in the freezer.
  • If you want harder pop – up boilies they need to be dried longer (at least 3 – 8 days). The drying time of the boilies also depends on the mix itself, the cooking time, the air temperature, egg size, moisture, … .

There is something special about catching carp on a boilie of your own making. It is true that it takes quite a bit of research and search for ingredients in different stores (fishing and grocery stores), but when you hear that beep and see the curved tip of the fishing rod, at that moment all the effort is paid off.

In one of my future blogs I will write about how successful my pop up boilies turned out.


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