5 Liquids That Will Give Your Boilies a Real Edge


19lb mirror caught on homemade Cell boilies soaked in hemp oil.

This week we look at 5 liquids that will create extra attraction to your boilies.

Simply chuck some boilies in a zip lock bag, add the liquid of your choice, blow some air in the bag, twist it and shake the bag so the liquid covers all the boilies in the bag.

I apologies for the lack of post’s on the blog as I’ve working hard on my main blog The Carp Tackle Reviewer. I will try my best to update you guys on any boilie recipes and tips I’ve been using in my own fishing as much as I can.

Back to liquids, I’ve been using liquids on my homemade boilies for years now and believe they to catch you more fish. Liquids will create slicks in the water columns that draw the carp down to your chosen spot and can often trigger carp to feed even when they are not in the mood to eat.

Below is a list of my favourite liquids to coat boilies in and catch you carp.


Oils really bring out the favours of your boilies and create great attraction in every layer of the water. Oils that I’ve used to great effect are Hemp Oil, Salmon Oil, Chilli Oil and my favourite Almond Oil.

CSL Liquid

CSL is a great liquid for attracting carp cause because the liquid is made up of pre-activated CSL maximises amino acids, yeast and natural sugars, creating a highly digestible liquid that carp can’t get enough of. CSL also absorbs well into boilies which is great to silty lakebeds.

Tiger Nut Extract

Carp love tigernuts and they also can’t get enough of tiger nut extract. Coating you boilies in tigernut liquid will get the carp grubing on the bottom for hours and is also PVA friendly which is a bonus.

Liquid Candy Sweetener

This liquid is great for fruity/sweet type boilies and gives your boilies an extra sweetness that the carp love. Personally I love to soak my pop ups in liquid candy sweetener and really brings out the favours.

Polony Oil

I’ve been playing around with this favours for a few months now and I have caught a lot of carp on it. The Polony Oil has a distinctive meaty scent that is rarely used these days but the carp love it. The liquid coats very well on boilies and works well in PVA bags too, give it a try!


Thanks for reading, give these liquid a go and catch some extra carp!

Good luck and tight lines.

Indian Spice Cell Boilie Recipe

IMG_9656As some of you are aware I’m a big fan of Mainline’s Indian Spice so you would probably guess I would be using this attractant somewhere in my baits this year and your right.

I have been a little quite on this blog for a while now as I’m preparing for a new campaign which I will be starting in a few week’s.

During February I put together a plan for the new season in which I believe I will increase my chances of having a good season with hopefully a few PB’s.

My campaign

For those who are interested here’s my plan for my local lake campaign.

– Bait up at least once a week
– Do a night on the lake at least once every 2 weeks
– Use the same bait throughout the season and stick with it

As my plan consists of using the same bait throughout the season I need to come up with a bait I would be confident in using so I have been experimenting with different mixes and favour combinations.

I knew that I would be using a bait that would have a spice type element to it so I have been playing with a few mixes that included spice. As all great ideas seem to come to you by accident I found out that Mainline’s cell activator seems to go very well with the indian spice liquid surprisingly.

So this is the bait combination I will be using this year and will be keeping you guys informed of my changes to the recipe.

The recipe

IMG_9658 Here is my recipe for the Indian Spice Cell boilie so far, I’ve written it in percentages as I haven’t full worked out the mix into grams.


– 55% Semolina
– 20% Soy Flour
– 10% Maize Meal
– 5% Wheatgerm
– 5% Ground Hazlenuts
– 5% Milk Powder
– Tea Spoon of Nijer Seeds

Liquid mix

– 4 Eggs
– 10ml of Mainline’s Cell Activator Liquid
– 1 Cap’s worth of Mainline’s Indian Spice Profile Plus

Make sure you subscribe to the blog to get all the latest tweaks and changes to this recipes quest.

Meaty Polony Boilie Recipe

22lb14lbmirror-chequertreeAfter a successful few weeks using luncheon meat to catch carp to 23lb I decided I need to revisit my meaty type boilie base mixes.

Recently I watched Bait-tech’s new dvd Carp Catchers 3, they explained that their new polony boilie most of the favour and additives are created in the base mix, not in liquid flavours so I thought I’d challenge myself to make a smelly meaty boilie but create most of the flavour in the base mix.

So where did I start?

Well like all boilie recipe quests I start by doing some research online. I found out some of the herbs and spices used in spiced meats so I could hopefully recreate the favour in this new boilie recipe.

Here’s the recipe I created:

Semolina: 400g
Soy Flour: 200g
Fishmeal: 250g
Wheatgerm: 50g

Herbs to add to basemix:
1ts Ground Fenugreek
1ts Ground Nutmeg
1ts Ground Coriander
1ts Ground Cumin
1ts Ground Cloves
1ts Turmeric Powder

Liquid Mix
4/6 eggs

I’ve used this a few times and caught a few carp on it but haven’t invested a lot of time testing it so if you give it a go please let me know how you get on with it.

If you’re using this bait in the summer month I would try soaking the boilies in oil or wash them out with lake water to enhance the flavours.

Thanks for reading my new recipe and good luck!

How to Make Indian Spice Boilie Sticks – Quick and Easy

boiliesticksIt’s January and if like me you’re skint but want to still catch carp this recipe is for you.

This year I’ve been playing around with pop ups and with my favourite favours such as the indian spice so I had plenty of it laying around that’s why I decided on the indian spice flavours.

Making boilie sticks are the quickest and often cheapest way to make boilies. Although they won’t be your average rounded shape, these baits are high leakage and small, which is ideal for any time of the year.

Another reason why I love boilie sticks is that you can make the baits any size you need, by simply boiling them as whole sticks then snapping off the size you need on the bank.

Making boilies sticks are ideal if you like crushing up you boilies for PVA bags.

Here’s my recipe for the Indian Spice Boilie Sticks:

Wet Mix
– 6 eggs
– 10ml Mainline Indian spice
– 5ml Mainline Mediterranean shellfish
– Black food colouring
– Mainline brown dye

– Semolina – 250g
– Fishmeal – 55g
– Soya – 50g
– EMP Bird Feed – 50g
– Maize Meal – 65g
– Milk powder – 30g

boiliesticks2Mix to recipe together to make a doughy mix and roll a sausage shapes making sure each stick is around 5/6cm.

Boilie the stick for around 1 – 2 minutes and dry them for at least 24 hours before use.

Thanks for reading my quick boilie sticks guide.

I will be updating the blog very soon with some special homemade hookbaits that have landed me plenty of carp including 2 PB’s last year.

Coconut Nut Boilies Recipe Based on Urban Baits Nutcracker Boilies

This week I’m going to let you in on my new quest to make a new type of nutty boilie and I will go through all the ingredients you will need. For this mix you can find most of the ingredients in the supermarket.

The story behind the quest..

nutty boiliesRecently on a trip to Furnace lakes near horsham a good friend of mine was using a fairly new bait The Nutcracker by Urban Baits and as soon as I smelt it I was instantly in love with it.

After doing some research The Nutcracker has been doing very well and even does well on waters that have never seen this bait before.

So I decided to make a similar bait using mostly supermarket ingredients keeping things nice a simple as I usually do. To be honest with you my first attempt smells nothing like The Nutcracker but the basic mix looks very similar.

The Recipe

Here’s the list of ingredients below which makes around a kilo and half of boilies.


200g of ground almonds
100g of ground hazelnuts
200g of corn flour
100g of milk powder
400g of fine semolina
5 table spoons of sugar
5 table spoons of salt

Liquid mix

6 eggs
25ml of Coconut Betaine Syrup by Marcel Van Den Eynde

nutty boilies
These boilies smells great very similar to a Ferrero Rocher and I sure the carp a going to love them.

Keep up to date with the results

I will be updating the blog with the results I have on this bait and I will be developing it to get it very similar to the The Nutcracker boilies by Urban’s so don’t forget to subscribe on the right hand side of the blog.

Tight Lines


The Ultimate Guide To Homemade Boilie Making Equipment

homemade-boiliesIn this guide I will go through all the equipment you will need to make boilies at home. When starting out you will only need the basics but if you want to make boilies on a mass scale(more than a kilo of boilies at a time) you may need to expand your equipment to make produce a larger amount of bait.

This guide will list the essential equipment and also the more advanced gear you will need if your making a large volume of boilies at a time. Also I have added a shopping list at the bottom of the guide to make it easier for you to find where you can buy some all this equipment as some items can be tricky to find.

The Basic Boilie Making Equipment

Mixing Equipment

Weighing Scales

There a two types of scales traditional and digital but in my experience digital scale are more accurate and just much simpler to use.

Measuring Jug

Having a measuring jug can some in very handy for measuring large amounts of liquid and also you can use it to mix your eggs/liquid mix and simply add dry mix to it.

Measuring Spoon

Great for measuring favours and other liquids to get an accurate base mix.


Does pretty much the same as a measuring spoon but just makes the job of measure a little easier with less spillages etc.

Large Bowls

Ideal for mixing your base mixes and creating a paste ball, ready for rolling.

Kitchen Sieve

A sieve has many uses when making baits such as sieving out lumps in your base mix and also when boiling your baits you can easily remove them from the saucepan.

Kitchen Spoon or Fork

I would advise using a fork or a spoon to blend your base mix and liquids together.

Rolling Equipment

Boilie Rolling Tables

Essential for rolling round or dumbell shape boilies in various sizes.

Top tip – put some sunflower oil on a kitchen towel and wipe onto the rolling table to making rolling smoother and easier, also this prevents the boilies cracking in the drying process.

Sausage Gun or Sausage Rolling Table

A sausage gun has the ability to create perfect diameter sausages to use in conjunction with a boilie rolling table to create round shaped boilies.

Kitchen Knife

To cut the sausages to the correct length of the rolling table your using.

Cooking Equipment


Saucepan or steamer

Boiling or steaming your baits is essential to seal in the nutrients and flavours. Boiling normally take between 1-2 minutes but steaming can take up to 10 minutes.

Drying Equipment

Air dry Bags

Essential for drying out your baits which also prevents the boilies from going off at a much quicker rate.

Kitchen Towel

I usually use a towel to dry the boilies off once they come out of the saucepan/steamer.

Large Freezer Bags

Used to mix basemixes and also to freeze you boilies for convenience, I find the zip lock bags to work the best please you can reuse them time and time again.

Ingredients Equipment

Sealed Buckets/Sealed Storage Boxes

Top Tip – Store dry ingredients in sealed containers to prevent outbreaks of bugs and other pests also keeps the dry ingredients fresh.

Most Importantly Recipes

Recipes have to be one of the most important parts of making boilies, you can find lots of different recipes on this blog which I’ve tested and most likely have caught lots of carp on them.


Advanced Boilie Equipment

Mixing Equipment

Automatic Mixer

Mixing can be time worthy and take a great deal of effort and strength so getting an automatic mixer would remove the hard graft of mixing your boilie recipes which is ideal if you plan to make large quantities of bait.

Rolling Equipment

Airgun and Compressor

Why not take out the effort of creating boilie sausages and automate the process with an airgun and compressor. Although this sort of equipment may seem expensive it worth the money if your planning on creating huge amounts on bait.

Deluxe Sausage Gun

This is an upgrade on the basic Gardner sausage gun will can hold a lot more mix making it easier to make lots more boilies.

Large Rolling Table

Like the deluxe sausage gun this is a upgrade version of Gardners basic boilie table which can produce a large amount of round shaped boilies each time.

Boilie Tray

Great for dry out a large amount of boilie at one time ideal if your making more than 2-3kgs.

Cooking Equipment

Large Catering Style Pan or a Water Boiler

Ideal for boiling a large amount of baits at one time. Some pans have the capacity of boiling 1/2-1 kilo of boilie at a time.

Drying Equipment

Large Air Dry Trays

This is just an upgrade on Gardners basic air dry trays holding and drying alot more boilies at one single time.


Shopping List

Here is a the entire list of boilie making equipment just make it easier for you to buy it all in one hit, there are a few things that are pretty hard to find so I’ve also included links to where you can find them online.

Advanced Boilie Equipment

boiliesairdryingIf you new to making boilies please check out my post Top 5 Videos For Making Homemade Boilies. You will find some great informative video on how to create boilies and how to use all the equipment featured in this guide.

If this guide has helped you, if you have any questions or if there any gear you use which hasn’t been mentioned in this guide I would love to hear what you have to say by leaving a comment below.

Hot and Spicy Boilies – #CHILLIMIX1 Revisited

hot and spicy boiliesAfter a couple of years of experimenting with different boilie recipes, I have come full circle revisiting one of my first recipes as I had a lot of success on them.

As the CHILLIMIX1 was one of my first recipes but lacked in experience of bait making behind it so I have tweaked it so it will roll better and hopefully be even more successful.

And I have to say the finished results look great, a really solid boilie and they absolutely stink without even soaking them in any liquids, they also have a natural colour and oily tinge that should leak off favour into the layers drawing the carp to feed on the bottom.

Carp love all things spicy so this recipe is a real winner so give it a go!

The Recipe

Designed for a 500g mix

Dry Mix

Semolina – 230 g
Soya – 105g
Maize Meal – 75g
Milk powder – 40g
Wheat Germ – 25g
Curry Powder – 20g
Piri Piri Powder – 5g
2 teaspoons of chilli flakes

Liquid Mix

4 eggs per 500g mix
A touch of red dye
10ml of oil(hemp or sunflower)

Dry for 24 hours then freeze, ready for when you next go fishing.

Top Tip:

To get a better roll try adding the basemix to the egg mix instead of the other way round. Add 2 or 3 scoops of dry mix then mix it into the liquid egg mix then repeat the process until you get the desired doughy texture.

The Video

I thought I would do something a little different for this post so check out this video of me making the ‘Hot and Spicy’ boilies.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and if you fancy giving it a go and have a great result on it please leave a comment below I would love hear about it.

Remember to check out my other posts on all things homemade boilie related and tight lines.