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How to make your own boilies and save money - by Anthony Wood

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

Hi, my name is Anthony Wood and I have been making baits for over 20 years.  I started out just making basic paste recipes with my granddad and progressed from there onto making groundbaits, boilies and more.
Haith's CLO

There are many ways of making baits, especially boilies, and everyone will argue that their way of making baits is the best. You can make a simple boilie from a mix of semolina, 45% soya flour and 10% egg albumin.  This will make you a good basic boilie but the fish will soon realise that there isn't a great deal of nutrition or protein in the bait, which is an essential requirement for making a bait that will last you for more than one season that will catch you plenty of fish.
 
Mealworm Crumble

There are things that you can do to improve this basic mix such as, adding a liquid amino, crushed multivitamin tablet or other supplement; however, a much better way to improve your baits is to improve the quality of the ingredients you use.  For example, a mix of 70% Breadcrumb and 30% Haith's Mealworm Crumble will give you a fantastic, easy to make groundbait that will pull fish in to your swim.

If you have ever made your own boilies you will know that getting the base mix right is one of the hardest parts of making a boilie. Get the base mix right and you almost don't have to add any flavourings or additives. Now I rate Haith's ingredients very highly for quality, nutrient and protein addition to my baits and have been using them for longer than I can remember and you will also find them in some of the top brand boilie manufacturers’ boilies. With ingredients starting from as little as £3 there really are ingredients that everyone can afford.

In the boilie making world there are many types of base mix made but most are based around three types of base mix, these are; milk protein, birdseed and fishmeal.  There are unlimited combinations of these three or even mixes of the three themselves; however, I will give you my three versions of the above mixes:

MILK BASED LONG TERM BOILIE BASE MIX

SuperRed



25% Haith's CLO (4oz)
25% Tiger Nut Flour (4oz)
10% Semolina (1.6oz)
10% Haith's SuperRed (1.6oz)
10% Lamlac (1.6oz)
5% Whey Powder (0.8oz)
5% Whole Egg Powder (0.8oz)
5% Horlicks (0.8oz)
2.5% Egg Albumin (0.4oz)
2.5% Wheatgerm (0.4oz)

Per 16oz of above mix...

2 Large Eggs
3ml Concentrated Flavouring
50ml Condensed Milk
2tsp Hemp Protein Powder
 

BIRDSEED BASED LONG TERM BOILIE BASE MIX


25% Haith's CLO (4oz)
25% Vanilla Meal (4oz)
10% Semolina (1.6oz)
10% Whole Egg Powder (1.6oz)
10% Haith's SuperRed (1.6oz)
5% Haith's Prosecto Insectivorous (0.8oz)
5% Wheatgerm (0.8oz)
5% Lamlac (0.8oz)
2.5% Crushed Hemp Seed (0.4oz)
2.5% Ground Halibut Pellet Powder (0.4oz)

Per 16oz of above mix...

3 Large Eggs
3ml Concentrated Flavouring
15ml Liquid Amino
15ml Hemp Oil
2tsp Paprika

FISHMEAL BASED LONG TERM BOILIE BASE MIX
 
Provimi 66 Fishmeal



25% Haith's Fishmeal (4oz)
25% Haith's CLO (4oz)
10% Semolina (1.6oz)
10% Pre-Digested Fishmeal (1.6oz)
10% Halibut Pellet Powder (1.6oz)
5% Blood Powder (0.8oz)
5% Whole Egg Powder (0.8oz)
5% Krill Meal (0.8oz)
2.5% Seaweed Meal (0.4oz)
2.5% Spirulina (0.4oz)

Per 16oz of above mix...

3 Large Eggs
3ml Concentrated Flavouring
15ml Oyster Sauce
15ml Bait-Tech Omega3 Fish Oil
2tsp Green Lipped Mussel Powder

Obviously these aren't the only recipes or combinations as there are meat meal mixes, squid meal mixes and many more.  In my opinion the above three base mix recipes will give you the ability to create a boilie for almost any situation.

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" Comment" by
14 Jan 2018

Hi there I am looking to put my own base mix together this year , what is Lamlac ? It seems to appear in all your recommended recipes
Regards scott

Haith's customer services:

Hi Scott
Lamlac is a milk protein
I hope this helps
Kind regards
Haith's

"Flour" by
21 Jul 2017

Hi mate
I made some bollies last night but they don't have the firmness to them I'm thinking I need better flour any suggestions what to use? Thanks

Haith's customer services:

Hi Jack
The flour won't be the issue, to harden a bait up you need to include an ingredient that will harden the bait up such as whole egg powder, blood plasma, calcium caseinate, etc. Including one or a selection of these at a rate of between 10-15% of your mix will give you are harder bait. If you want to harden your current boilies try glugging them in glycerine but be warned, if you overdo it you may need a baiting needle to get through the bait.
Regards
Ant

"Boilie" by
19 Apr 2017

Hi can you help I made a 1kg base mix the other day I'm not sure if the mix needs to be dry or damp when it goes on to the rolling table because mine is dryish I did put 8 eggs into it

Haith's customer services:

Hi Jamie

I have put your question to Ant Wood and he has replied with:

The mix needs to be the texture of very slightly damp playdough, sometimes ingredients can soak in more or less liquid which is why I recommend between 8-10 eggs. Aim at the slightly damp playdough texture (firm and damp to the touch but doesn't stick to your hands) and it should roll with no problems.

I hope this Helps
Regards
Ant

"Baits" by
06 Apr 2017

hi could you tell me whats the best binder to add to fihmeal to make boilies mate also could I add a 50/50 milk protein to the fish meal aswell I have brain cancer and just wont an easy mix with fishmeal pleas thanks

Haith's customer services:

Hi Wayne,
Many thanks for your question.
A good binder for using with fishmeal is Haith's CLO, semolina, soya flour or gram flour. As for a simple mix I would use 250g Gram Flour, 250g Fishmeal, 250g Haith's CLO and 250g Milk Protein.
I hope this helps.
Kind regards
Haith's Baits

" Comment" by
04 Apr 2017

Can you use gram flour instead of soya?

Haith's customer services:

Hi Allen

Many thanks for your question.
Yes you can certainly use gram flour instead of soya flour in fact it has a higher protein level and is actually easier for the fish to digest.

I hope this helps
Many thanks
Kind regards
Haith's Baits

"Boilie" by
19 Jul 2016

Hi I just made a batch of boilie of a new recipe I made and they there rubbery like an eraser. Is this from ingredients or from cooking them for to long.

Haith's customer services:

Hi Ross

The semolina and soya flour will definitely make a rubbery type bait but I would recommend boiling that mix for around 60-90 seconds, any longer and it will add to the rubbery feeling.

Kind regards

Haith's

"Sticky Boilies" by
25 Oct 2015

After boiling mix I find boilies are soft and sticky. Have added 100g dried milk for 1 kg mix is that the problem

"Dr" by
07 Mar 2015

Great info Mr Wood keep up the good work mate

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