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Step 1Separate egg yolks from egg whites

For this step it is necessary to have:

  • one egg or more depending on how many pop up boilies we want to make (I used two eggs), egg white powder can also be used
  • mixing bowl

For pop up boilies I will only use egg white mainly for better buoyancy and hardness of pop up boilies. Of course you can even use an whole egg like I did myself in a previous blog post (click on link). Practice makes perfect ?.

Separating egg yolk from egg white is very easy. But if you haven’t done that yet, ask someone to show you (mother, sister, wife, neighbor, …) or you simply use an whole egg.

The amount of egg white liquid may not seem large but in the end we get quite a few pop up boilies (between 90 and 100 pop up boilies size 14mm / 0.55inch).

If you are adding preservatives or any other liquid additives they need to be added to the egg white and then mixed well. I recommend that you avoid liquid additives and prefer to use powdered additives. Liquid additives are heavier than powder and therefore pop up boilies may not float.

I don’t use preservatives and I pop up boilies just dry well (also sometimes more than a week). After drying when the pop up boilies become very hard then I dip them or put them in the freezer.

Step 2 – Making pop up dough

For this step it is necessary to have:

This time I decided to add a yellow dye for baking cakes. I was wondering if the pop up boilies would turn yellow. Since the basic mix is darker I was pretty much in doubt that the yellow color will change the darker mix.

Egg white changed from transparent to yellow after egg mixing (color similar to egg yolk).

I had the basic pop up mix mixed about a month before and the ingredients have blended the flavors well ever since.

Recipe for pop up boilie mix:

Because the ingredients for making a pop up mix are quite difficult to supply and also quite expensive, I decided to use a basic mix from a company Mainline (plane pop up mix) for making a pop up mix.

I added extras to the basic mix, but you don’t have to use all of the ones I listed or don’t use any of these. You can use only the basic mix (Mainline) when making pop up boilies by adding just the flavor.

I started slowly adding the basic mix to the liquid. I always add the mix in smaller amounts because otherwise it can happen that the mix will be too dry (start again from the beginning, step 1).

At the beginning of mixing is when the dough is still very sticky and soft it takes some time (5 to 10 minutes or more, depending on the composition of the mix) for the dough to become compact.

The yellow dye I added to the egg white did not change the color of the dough. A yellow dye would color the dough in case I used a white base mix for making pop up boilies.

After 15 minutes the dough is finished. Then it should be placed in a bag or airtight container (so that the dough does not dry out) to rest for at least 15 minutes even better for an hour.


Step 3 – preparation for rolling pop up boilies

For this step it is necessary to have:

During this time when the dough rests I put a pot of water on the heater (for cooking pop up boilies).

This time I will use a boilie roller (size 14mm) and a hand boilie gun to make pop up boilies.

Using and preparing a hand boilie gun is very easy. You can buy it in practically all construction equipment stores (intended for applying silicone, acrylic and other sealants) or, of course, in a fishing shop.

The inner diameter of the nozzle for the boilie gun should be 1-3 millimeters smaller than the size of the boilie roller. Carefully cut it with a sharp knife or saw. An even easier option is to buy marked nozzles and just cut a suitable diameter.

Step 4 – And finally …… pop up boilie rolling time ?

The dough for the pop up boilies is now ready.

Form the pop up dough into a cylinder (approximate shape of the cylinder, do not complicate) and then place it in the tube of the boili gun.

When the dough is in the tube it is only necessary to close the back of the boilie gun and then squeeze out the excess air in the tube. When the bat comes to the dough slowly comes the boilie sausage through the nozzle.

For beginners and when testing new mixes when rolling boilies I recommend only one boilie sausage on a boilie roller. This gives a feeling when rolling boilies, it is determined whether the dough is suitable for further rolling boilies (cracking boilies, perforated boilies, breakable boilies, …) and even if the size of the nozzle is a suitable diameter (if the boilies are round, except when of course in the making of dumbbell boilies).

Step 5 – The final stepboiling

For this step it is necessary to have:

I put so many boilies in boiling water that the water does not cool down. It is important that the water boils throughout cooking. In case the water no longer boils, it is more difficult to determine the cooking time of the boilies.

I cooked size 14mm / 0.55inch boilies for about 80 seconds.

The white foam that has formed on the surface of the water is most of the egg white and also of some probably other ingredients. So without worrying that there is something wrong with your boilies this is a natural cooking process.

Stir several times during cooking, as pop up boilies float and are not covered with water like regular boilies.

When the pop up boilies are cooked we just take them out of the water and put them on a strainer to cool, drain and dry a bit (finally dry on a tray or net).

Leave them on a strainer for 10 to 15 minutes and then let them dry for two to 5 days.

Pop up boilies are made

I dry them on a plastic tray and mix them several times a day to dry evenly.

The amount of boilies I got from the two eggs was 92 pop up boilies of size 14mm.

Some of the dough left in the nozzle I made the pop up boilies by hand.

Till next time …

Tight lines!

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In one of the previous blog post I described how I mix groundbait for fishing. This time I tested the home made groundbait mix on the lake and was successful at fishing with it. Maybe someone will expect big carps, but I was more than happy with the fishing results. I caught 4 different types of fish, and these are bream, carp, prussian carp and goldfish (how many I did not count).

I first added some cat briquettes to the basic groundbait mix (a fistful or two of briquettes is a great addition, but you can also add more if your cat allows you a larger amount of its briquettes – a joke ?).

For today’s groundbait fishing I decided to add a can of sardines in sunflower oil and of course a standard bait and that’s half a can of sweet corn ? (I’ll leave half for later as a bait on a hair and to add to the ground bait if needed).

Fish both small and large adore sweet corn.

One can of sardines will give the fish a natural smell and attract fish from afar.

I first added some water from the lake to the dry mix. I add so much water that the groundmix is moistened. it is better to add water slowly, as it can happen that the groundmix will be too wet. Mix the groundmix well and then let stand for about 10-15 minutes to moisten all the ingredients well. In the meantime I prepare my fishing tackle.

After 15 minutes I added a home cooked partickle mix (corn, tiger nuts, lupin beans etc).

At the end i added some pellets to the groundmix and mixed well. Then leave the groundmix for 5-10 minutes and then fishing can begin ?.

On one fishing rod I decided to fish for a helicopter system. Instead of lead I will use a method feeder that I reworked a bit at home for this type of fishing. My home made system probably doesn’t look perfect and modern, but it turned out very great for me and the fish don’t mind that it doesn’t look perfect ?.

I’m not a fan of the leadcor system, so I decided to use monofilament shockleader and naked chod rig. Very very important that the ear of the swivel can go through the knot and the fish gets rid of the system (lead, shockleader, monofilament etc) in case the monofilament breaks or similar.

Traces of canned sardines can be seen in the groundmix, which means that the mix is well mixed.

I used homemade pop up boilies for the bait.

On the other fishing rod I had an inline feeder and for bait sweet corn straight from the can.

While waiting for the fish bite, I made some pva mesh packages in which I put some home made boilies.

Priceless feeling when I catch a carp on my homemade pop up boilies and my own groundbait mix ?.

My good luck charm is always somewhere near my fishing rods. ??

Some photos of successful fishing that day

Sometimes the better half needs to be listened to ?

My boyfriend started fishing that day without feeding the fish and only with boilies as bait on hair rig, but the bite alarm were quiet. I told him to try to give around lead groundbait but he insisted on his tactics. Ok, apparently he wanted to save battery on the bite alarms ??. By late afternoon he had decided to try groundbait. I made a big lump of groundbait around the lead and after just one minute when the bait landed at the bottom of the lake there was a loud sound on bite alarm. Fish on! As is typical of larger fish, the fish moved very slowly and without sudden escapes. Ooooo no the fish got rid of the hook and so the fight ended very quickly. After this fish my boyfriends bite alarms no longer sounded ?. But maybe next time he’ll follow my advice sooner, maybe ?.

Till next time …

Tight lines!

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Making the boilie paste

What we need to make boilies (click on the ingredient to buy – ebay):

Boilie base mix
✔ 3 eggs or whole egg powder
2 tablespoons of powdered ginger
4 – 5 tablespoons of ground black pepper
✔ 3dcl Liquid CSL
✔ Oil (hemp oil, olive oil, ..)
Beef stock cube
Electric portable hot plate or similar
Cooking Pot
Boilie freezer storage packaging
Drying rack net, for drying boilie
Basket Strainer Silicone Colander

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Crack three whole eggs together with the eggshell (crunch effect, calcium, simulates carp food – crustaceans, shells) If you use boilie gun, you need to dry and ground (coffee grinder) the eggshells because boilies will be difficult to roll (cracking the boilie dough, …). As a substitute for egg shells you can also use fine ground oyster shells.

If you do not want to use the eggshell or similar, you can easily remove them from the boilie recipe.

Add 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger (natural fish attractant, lemon scent) and 4 – 5 tablespoons of ground pepper (flavour, sharpness, fish attractant) to the egg liquid. Always add all the additives (liquid and powdered) to the egg mixture (preservatives, aroma, stimulants, color, spices, oils, etheric oils …). I almost never use flavour because boilie paste already have their own specific smell and attractiveness.

I also add liquid CSL attractant  – corn steep liqueur (amino acids, protein, natural sugars, enzymes, dried boilis turn dark brown) to the egg mixture, about 3 dcl / 1.27 cup / 17 tablespoon. You can use any other liquid instead of CSL or simply skip this step.

Slowly add the mix to the liquid. It is very important that a dry boilie base mix is always added to the egg mixture.

Mix the mixture with a fork or similar cooking tool until the paste becomes harder.

When the paste becomes harder I start kneading with my hands.

When the paste is done (it looks compact, it doesn’t stick to the surface, it’s not too wet, it can form into boilies, …) I oil (olive oil, hemp oil, fish oil, …) it from the outside. The oil prevents the dough from drying out. Then put the finished boilie paste in an airtight container or wrap it with plastic foil. I leave the boilie paste so prepared for at least 3 hours (I usually leave about 12 hours or more). But of course you can start making boilies right away when you finish making the boilie paste.

Next day – boilie making and boiling day ?

First prepare the pot and the electric cooker. I pour water into the pot and then add the beef stock cube. Which contains ingredients of course depending on the manufacturer: salt, sugar, yeast extract, powdered herbs, protein, fat, dehydrated vegetables and other ingredients written on the product packaging. I use a beef cube because in my opinion it adds some extra attraction to the fish, better than cooking in the water itself, adds to the nutritional value of boilies, …

Once the boilies are made it is time to boiling them ?.

The only thing to do is always boil boils in boiling water and only so many boilies at a time that the water does not cool. When boilies are boiled they float to the surface of the water, but in my experience, in some of my boilie base mixes, boilies do not rise to the surface. Then it is necessary to look at the clock for how long they boil.

Boiling time:

14mm – 16mm boilie ? around 60 – 80 second
18mm – 20mm boilie ? around 90 – 100 second
20mm – 24mm boilie ? around 110 – 120 second

This is an indicative boilie boiling time, which can vary due to the boilie mix.

When boilies are boiled, let them cool and dry. Leave them to dry for about 24 hours at room temperature or outside in the shade (never in direct sun). When dried, they can be used for fishing or stored in the freezer. After drying, the total weight of the boilies was approximately 1.1 kg.

Next day ready to freeze.

One boilie from the freezer for the test in water

After 12 hours in the water, I easily crushed the boilie.

Boilie test in a bottle.

Testing how boilies dissolve and the release of attractants in water can be tested at home (transparent or glass packaging, aquarium, pond if you have one, …). This home test provides approximate information on how boilies dissolve at the bottom of a lake, pond, or river. Approximate because at home we cannot create the conditions and environment that is in the water in which we fish. I’ll list a few: water temperature, ph or acidity of water, type of bottom, small fish activity – bream, roach, F1, crucian carp, chub and more, crustaceans, the time of year, weather and so on.


Making home made boilies is really a little more work than opening a bag of readymade ones. Of course, readymade boilies are nowadays more or less very good quality, as I use them myself, but catching the carp on the home made boilies in which I put so much time and effort is really invaluable (especially pb).

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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


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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Well, we’re going fishing, fishing gear and food packed……….

This year’s winter temperatures are quite high but also very windy and rainy in my country. When I was planning to go fishing the weather got worse (as usual with a strong wind) and I had to postpone fishing several times. The forecast for Sunday was 16 degrees and sunny, the perfect day to go for my first winter fishing this year. Finally, I go fishing.

And Saturday came and with it the change of weather for Sunday (again a strong wind and showers). my boyfriend and I quickly decided to go fishing Saturday. Better a few hours fishing than nothing. We get our fishing gear quickly in the car and go fishing, finally.

When we got to the fishing spot I first prepared a groundbait for carp fishing. I have already prepared a groundbait dry mix at home (a combination of different ready-made mixes and other ingredients). I added some pellets and a little amount liquid krill additive to the mix. I slowly added lake water to the mix (mix thoroughly until a nice consistency and texture is achieved).

When you add water to the mix, you should always use the water from your fishery . Due to the different chemicals, I do not recommend that you use tap water or at least boil it before use.

While the groundbait was slowly getting wet, we prepared fishing rods and everything else needed to finally start fishing.

When we started fishing, the wind started to blow more and more. Hoping that the wind won’t affect the carp appetite too much and that at least one will be on the fishing mat.

I used pop ups of my own making (testing) and bought at the fishing store.

I used a naked helicopter system on both fishing rods. Instead of carp fishing lead I used a light method feeder lead (30gr or 1oz) filled with groundbait. I had already modified the feeder lead at home so that I could use it as a normal carp lead with a swivel.

Gusts of wind became more and more frequent and stronger. Hmmm , the wind forecast was for tomorrow. But maybe the weather scientists were wrong again.

Later I added some sweet corn to the groundbait and then fed each fishing spot with two groundbait ball and every half hour one smaller ball with fishing catapult. Carp and similar related fish eat very little in the winter, so I adjusted the amount of food accordingly. Hoping that the food will tempted any carp or fish of any kind ?.

Hoping that the sun’s rays will awaken some carp to feed.

My boyfriend and my best fishing companion put some food around the lead, which later turned out to be a great decision. After 20 minutes the top of the fishing rod bent and a bite alarm sounded…..fish on ?. After a short fight, the mirror carp showed up ( heavy between 4 to 5kg or 8 to 11 pound), but luck didn’t last long as just before the landing net the hook got rid of it ?. Let’s try to catch another one…

When the sun hid behind the clouds it became cold.

Except for a few slight beeps, there were no more bites that day. It was getting dark and it was time to pack the fishing gear and go home.

A wonderful day was spent by the lake and the view of the beautiful sunset at the end of the fishing day is invaluable to me.

Till next time …

 tight lines and wet landing nets!

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