Your questions answered
1. Where can I find all these recipe ingredients?
Most ingredients are available in local supermarkets. For specialised ingredients, you can have a look at most specimen tackle shops. – Jaco
Most of the Ingredients can be sourced at Dischem or any local supermarket. – Bambi
2. Can I make my own bird food flour by grinding birdseeds?
The wild bird mixes on the market make a very good bird food flour by grinding the seeds with a coffee grinder. You can grind the flour at different consistencies that can be included in the boilie base mix. – Razvan
3. Can I grind my own peanuts to make peanut flour, and can I use raw peanuts?
NEVER use raw peanuts, as it's poisonous to fish. Raw peanuts must be roasted first. You can grind the peanuts yourself, but break it up as fine as possible before grinding it. Grind small quantities at a time – you don’t want to make peanut butter. – Bambi
4. What amino acid liquid did you use in your recipe?
I use Aminomino from Dischem. – Bambi
5. Why do I have to freeze the boilies after two days?
Freezing the bait is a form of preservation as we don’t use any preservatives in the mix itself – the aim is to keep them fresh. Freezing the boilies are also a handy solution when you are rolling big quantities at a time. If you simply store your boilies in an airtight bag, it will become moldy. – Pieter
6. What methods can I use to air-dry my boilies?
This is a very simple process. All you need to do is make sure the boilies are drying in a well-ventilated area. Leave them out for as long as it takes to dehydrate them. This process assists greatly in preserving bait without using artificial preservatives. – Jaco
7. If I want to modify this recipe, where do I start?
If you want to modify a recipe, it is important to know what the purpose of the ingredients are that you want to substitute. You can't for instance substitute a binder with something that adds only palatability. It is important to keep a mix balanced in terms of binding, digestion and palatability. – Jaco
Adding any flavouring to the existing mix can add a different twist to it. One can play with different flavours and check which one delivers first. I would also add a few drops of essential oil, which enhances the overall attractiveness of the mix, and being natural it is easily taken by carp. To add any other ingredients, you will have to substitute the others or half the inclusion rates etc. For example, the baby milk can be replaced with paprika or chilis. The hemp could be replaced with kelp. Adding a fishmeal when able to procure one would also add another dimension to the mix. It boils down to the maker’s imagination. – Razvan
8. The sausage gun and rolling table is a bit pricy, are there any alternative methods?
You don’t need all the fancy equipment to make homemade boilies. The biggest drawback of not having the option of a sausage gun and rolling table is the time lost rolling them by hand and the inconsistency in size, especially if you are planning to feed with a throwing stick. If you are not using a throwing stick, then your bait doesn’t have to be perfectly round. Here’s my quick fix solution; it will save you some time if you are rolling them by hand.
Break the dough into manageable chunks and press it into a squarish shape with your hands. Cut the dough into slices, like you would bread. Then, cut the slices into long strips, followed by small cubes. The thickness of the slices, strips and squares will determine the size of the boilies. If you cut the cubes to roughly 20 x 20mm, you should end up with a boilie at roughly 20mm in diameter. – Pieter