How to Make Boilies at Home – Watch those Fish Boil
Grab those pots, break out those pans. Open your cupboards fast as you can! Making Boilies for fishing adventures from ingredients in your own kitchen is what you'll be doing. So read on into today's lesson, and learn how to make boilies from the comfort of your own Kitchen. Save money on bait, or start a side business featuring your own product. Whichever way you decide to go, making your own boilies is just good old knowledge for a fisherman to have.
Boilie Basics – What is a Boilie?
A Boilie is paste or dough that is balled up and boiled, later to be used as bait for freshwater fishermen. Boilies are quite commonly found in freshwater tackle stores, but with a few ingredients can be made in your own kitchen. Boilies are often shaped like small marshmallows, or balls. They come in different colors, and different irresistible flavors. Some fishermen have even up-scaled, and turned the whole boilie making process into a business.
Getting Started Making your Own Boilies at Home
Once you make a batch or two of your own boilies, you'll start to get the feel of it. You'll also have a chance to get out and put them to the test on the water. Pay attention to what works where you fish, and make adjustments in the kitchen as necessary. Let's starting by taking a look at this checklist of the cookware we'll need to get started.
✔ 2 Mixing Bowls
✔ Large Pot
✔ Draining Spoon
✔ Measuring Cup
✔ Containers – Glass or Plastic Jars, Sandwich Bags, or Tupperware
Now that we have all our kitchen equipment before us, it's time to check our pantry and fridge for the ingredients. Here's another checklist you can use if you need to run down to the store for those last couple items. Note: This recipe was obtained from Wikihow.com. There are quite a few recipes available online with a bit of searching. One such site that provides a few free boilie recipes is Haiths Baits.
✔ 2 Cups of Dry Dog Food
✔ 2 Cups of Soy Flour (Rice, Corn, or White flour can be Substituted)
✔ 4 Eggs
✔ 4 Teaspoons of Cooking Oil (Corn, Grapeseed, Soy, or Vegetable)
✔ 1 Teaspoon of Crushed Pineapple
All right Fishermen, your preparation is complete. With all your cookware and ingredients in front of you, you're ready to get started. Let's go through the run down on how to get these tasty fish treats to come out right.
The Mad Boilie Scientist – Putting it All Together
- Begin by putting the 2 cups of dry dog food into the blender. Blend it until it becomes a fine powder.
- Take one of your mixing bowls and add the powdered dog food and soy flour. Mix them together completely. Set the dry mix aside for later use.
- Go back to your blender and crack in the 4 eggs. Add to this your 4 teaspoons of oil, and the 1 teaspoon of crushed pineapple. Blend all ingredients until the mixture joins and becomes smooth. Pour the mixture into your 2nd mixing bowl
- Using your spatula to stir, slowly add the dry mixture to the wet bowl. Continue adding the dry mix, stirring all the while until it reaches a doughy consistency. Too sticky and it won't roll or shape properly. Too dry and it will crumble when you try to roll it.
- Once you've gained a workable product, roll out a couple dozen small doughy pellets between your palms. Once you've got a bunch of them made, you're ready to boil.
- Take your pot and fill it roughly ¾ full of water. Bring the water to a boil.
- Drop your strainer in the boiling water, and add about 20-24 of your home made pellets. Let boil for about 2 minutes and remove.
- The Boilies will look a lot like tiny dumplings at this point. Carefully lay them out on paper, or a cookie sheet and let dry for around 2 hours.
- Package your Boilies how you like using whatever nifty container you decided upon.
- Boilies can be frozen for long time storage. Just take them out the day before a fishing trip to thaw.
Getting Fish to Boil Using your Own Boilie
Most boilie fishing is done when anglers are after carp, tench, bream, and other pan fish. A common technique is to cast your boilie to a weeded area that could be holding carp. The boilie will sink to the bottom where carp typically forage for small creatures. It is possible to make Pop Up Boilies by altering the cooking instructions slightly. Pop Up Boilies will float on the surface.
To make a Pop Up Boilie, instead of boiling your rolled pellets, use the microwave to cook them. Put them on a plate and start with 45 seconds. Keep an eye on them. They will be ready when they start to brown, just before they burn. Package these boilies in glass or plastic to avoid crushing.
Boom! Bang! Boilie! The End
Whether you're making boilies for fun with your kids, doing it for free bait, or starting a boilie enterprise these steps should help you get started. Check out other recipes and switch up your batches. Be sure to label them accordingly, and take notice of which ones seem to work best. Experimentation is key here, and will lead to better fishing results. Got a boilie recipe of your own? Share it here at Fishermen's Angle by dropping it in that comment box. Help by giving your knowledge of how to make boilies. Remember, the best boilie fishing is always ahead!