Catching carp using boilies and hair rod, is becoming more popular. I got interested in it just like most experts – through magazines, articles and forums on the Internet. But the point in my article will not be about the methods of catching, not about tactics, but about the nozzle itself, and in this essay, I will try to describe my experience of making boilies at home.
First I tried the boilies sold in stores on one of the wild waters of the Krasnodar Territory, while not having any idea of when and how to use this nozzle. As a result, I didn’t catch any fish. Then I decided that the best nose – is a purely natural nozzle, prepared from those ingredients that our Kuban carp used to consume, and stopped at the on the oil cake. It was the oil cake that showed itself best in the Kuban waters; it is the unsurpassed smell that attracts the Kuban carp. It has high nutritional value, a large number of proteins and vitamins.
So, now everything seems to be simple – there is an ingredient – there are technologies for cooking boilies now – let’s start cooking! With enthusiasm, I began to prepare my first part.
After putting the eggs into the flour with oil cake and sugar, I began to make the dough on the kitchen table.
Kidney bean and peas for carp
Despite the fact that kidney beans and peas usually serve as additions to the feeding that has to be used just from time to time, annually more and more fishermen catch carps with their help.
Beans (all sorts of kidney beans and peas) are the great food for carps and a list of other fish. The effect is often immediate when you use beans in large amounts.
The success of fishing on beans is connected to the fact they are close to essential and natural food for carp. Peas and kidney beans as an easy bait are at the button of the water body and they seem like the freshwater snail and have the same size. That’s why carp notice them quickly.
Some kidney beans will definitely tempt any carp. A group of seeds as those lying at the button is noticeable and catchy.
Kidney beans cooking
You can not use dry beans seeds as a bait or additional feeding. Unprocessed kidney beans and peas absorb water in the stomach of the fish. Sometimes it may cause discomfort, but fatal outcomes are also possible.
First of all, you have to put the beans into a cold water for three-four hours and just after that – cook. Put them into the boiling water for three-four minutes and boil for five-ten minutes over low heat. Some sorts of kidney beans that are not cooked properly may be unhealthy even for the humans. Kidney beans have to be soaked in the water the whole night before cooking. Besides, try to avoid over-boiling: some attractive for the fish nutrients may disappear and the seeds become too soft to use them as a bait.
One or two kidney beans put on the hook will be a wonderful entice for the carp. The secret is that you should not overfeed fish, because beans are very nutritious. Throw some seeds into the water to attract the fish. When you catch one – repeat.
Feeding and usage
Introduction of new feeding plays a very important role and relates closely to the effectiveness of the fishing. Sometimes fish needs time to understand it can eat the product. However, sometimes fish tries beans immediately.
It is not necessary to prepare fish for new feeding (the situation is opposite while fishing with boilies on unknown water bodies). You will understand soon that slight adaptation will be enough for fish to make them eat beans regardless of the sort.
Kidney beans scent
Try additional feeding that includes beans seeds and if a fish starts avoiding it add flavouring. Soak the seeds and put a teaspoon of sugar while cooking. Maple syrup, paprika and curry are also good to use. They work like special flavourings for carp hunting.
The sorts of the beans you can try for fishing include black-eye, tic-beans, pinto beans, mung beans, lima beans, soya beans, coffee beans, kidney beans and haricot beans. The bigger beans like butter beans are not used as a bait. Carps loose interest very soon.
As for the sorts of peas, chick pears is thought to be the best and actually, its usage is often more successful compared to other beans. Other sorts of peas you should try are maple peas, Gunga peas and dun peas. The sorts with the tiniest seeds are usually used to catch not only carps but any other fish.
Carp fishing tackle with careful biting
- Standard tackle used for boilies fishing may also be used with beans. You may use some fillings at the same time, just put them into the different places on the hook or fishing line.
- The beans seeds are lightweight, so the fish may avoid them. In this case, balanced tackle is the best option. Stick some polystyrene foam to the hook to balance the weight.
- Putting kidney beans on the hook. Pass hook through the bean.
The advantage of using beans as an entice for carp is that the fish bite almost immediately. They are a wonderful alternative to other entices in the water bodies where the fishermen use boilies. The only disadvantage is that it is hard to use them far from the bank. At the beginning of the summer when most tenches are hungry you may catch them on the beans. These three fish (1.3 kilos) were caught on chick pears.
I want you to remember three features of cooking boilies at home:
- A kitchen is an ideal place for cooking, but be ready for the transformation of the kitchen into the Great Dirty Room – you can never cook the boilies cleanly.
- Be sure to buy a particular board for making boilies (I used the Gardner board), which will make this hard work much more comfortable for you.
- Put more sunflower oil on the board and hands – as they say, you can not spoil the porridge with oil. Roll sausages from the dough, and cut them into equal parts, from which you should begin to roll balls.
After I rolled two kilograms of boilers I vowed to buy a board tomorrow, my wife joked about what a “nice” cook I was by getting everything around dirty with a dough that quickly dried up and turned into a crust, I finally started to cook the balls. Boiling for a long time is not necessary – from 30 seconds to 2 minutes in boiling water, depending on the size of the boilies. The critical part is that fingers could stretch them harden and hardly. Making and leaving the first shipment to dry I threw the next into the pan.
As that said, I ran into the first problem. Dry the boilies. If you live in a private house – there are no problems, put them outside and watch that the birds will not steal the results of your hard work. One of the pigeons tried to snitch my boilies, which I left to dry near the window. This nasty bird tried to squeeze his beak through the mosquito net on the window. When I saw this, I was pleased – the boiler work, and if not sazan, then I will surely catch pigeons.
So, let’s get back to the problem. If you have a one-room apartment, again there are three ways out: put the boilies on the string and hang them outside the window, put them in a net and still hang out the window, or make a small portion and lay it on the towel there. I decided on the first option. So, when the boilies have dried up, you can go angling. Immediately I will say that these “oilcake boils”, as experts nicknamed them, proved to be five out of five. True, the carps and cupids did not give any relaxation, but it showed that the nozzle works.
After I rolled and fed a modest first portion, I started developing the recipe and technology. Eggs are good, but it’s much easier to mix flour and lose ingredients with egg powder (I did not find it in stores, there are only 25 kg bags), and gather this mixture in five-litre cans until you need it. Instead of powder, I used dry protein (it is called egg albumin), which is used to produce marshmallows and souffle. Next, you will encounter the problem falling apart. Wheat gluten will solve this problem completely; it does on grain elevators, it can also find in organisations selling ingredients for the food industry. The last thing is a dry preservative, which needs nothing at all – grams per kilogram.
Armed with a board for rolling, I relatively easily moved five kilos of “oilcake boilies”, boiled them, slightly dried and with a sense of accomplishment threw in a plastic bag (I used a preservative, after all). What was my horror, when in about three days I looked in and was horrified – the boilies were mouldy! And inside deteriorated, because they included sugar. Store the boilies in the freezer, getting them for fishing in the right amount as needed. Otherwise, you can get the same result as I had. I proceeded to produce another portion, which after drying, I put in the freezer. As I noted on fishing – boilies with egg albumens are much more useful than eggs, they are much harder and soak in water much longer.
Below is the recipe for boilies, on which I stopped:
- ten pieces of ground oil cake
- three parts of dry egg white
- 1 part wheat gluten
- 0.5 part of the sugar
We knead the mix to the consistency of the dough, let it stand for half an hour, roll and boil immediately after drying pour into a bag with the same oil cake (obtained a sort of dip).
In general, the process of producing boilies is fascinating, and as it is not strange, it brings pleasure, and, you catch on the nozzle created by yourself. You can use anything as a base mixture – corn, fish, soy and wheat flour, proteins, additives, amino acids, grains, flavours and colourants.
The field for the experiment is vast. What will you use as a base mix – purchased mixes, where the manufacturer’s experience checks everything or their own “innovations”, the main thing is that you should realize what you are doing, thinking about it, because, as my older friend said, carp angling is like chess, think – and you will be with a catch.