home made bait


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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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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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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