The keys to carp fishing success are techniques, gear, and baits. The newcomers usually lack skills and catch small fishes at the beginning. Gradually, they learn about carp behaviors, food habits, the right combination of fishing tools, etc. Without the perfect bait, nobody gets big bites. These baits are available in local tackle stores. It is also possible to make them using a few everyday home items. Many wonder whether these homemade baits are effective or not. The truth is, they sometimes beat the performance of the commercial ones. Before jumping to some carp fishing bait recipes, let’s know their benefits.
Why You Should Use Homemade Baits
Lots of anglers like these baits for the following reasons:
- They are the most cost-efficient options for beginners. Each of them requires limited cheap ingredients. Most people already have them in the home.
- Commercial boilies contain harmful chemicals sometimes. They are not only dangerous for the carps, but also for us. Make them yourself with safe materials instead.
- People have to carry several lures for a fishing spot. Only a few of them work for big carps; the rest is of no use. While preparing DIY baits, you will be experimenting with many elements. Make a small amount of each type and try fishing. Figure out which works best. Then make only the particular ones. It will save time, cash, and effort.
- Carps of various fisheries have different bait preferences. Also, you will notice the seasonal food habit diversity. So, getting the same outcome using a specific bait is not possible. The best thing about homemade baits is you can customize them as per need.
- Handmade boilies may fulfill the need for bait supply for a long time. We only have to make them once.
- Last but not least, it is always fun to get fish with our own bait. Some people may not like the concept, but they are obviously missing something.
How to Prepare Homemade Carp Baits
Now that you are aware of the advantages, why not try these recipes:
1. Cornmeal Bait
Corn has been a simple yet most useful carp bait. Over the years, People received impressive results with corn for other game fishes as well. All you need are sweetcorn and vanilla extracts. Buy a can of corn. Drain most of the liquid inside. Leave little water so that the corn texture becomes moist.
Pour a few drops of the vanilla extracts inside the can. Seal it with a plastic cover. Shake it well to mix the ingredients. The yellow shade and the vanilla flavor of this corn bait attract carps easily. Make sure to make the hook invisible before casting it into the water. Therefore use two or more corn pieces together.
2. Dough bait
Crumbled Wheaties cereal is another anglers’ favorite. As it consists of plenty of grains, it is healthy and safe for fish. Besides, you will need flour to hold the ingredients together. If you want to make the mixture more flavourful, use garlic salt. First of all, take a medium-sized bowl. Take cereal, 1 cup of flour, a pinch of salt in it. Mix them well. Add some drinking water and blend everything together. Avoid including all water at once. Keep adding a little amount gradually until you get a dough consistency. It should not be sticky. After having a perfect paste, stir it for some more minutes. Then, mold small boilies from the mixture. Give them any shape you like depending on your hook.
3. Meat-based bait
The fisherman considers it as one of the most potent baits. Many of us eat chicken but don’t like the internal organs. If you are one of them, don’t throw these parts in the dustbin. Save the liver for the upcoming fishing trips. Gather anise extract and regular instant grits oats too. Blend the soft liver and anise extract. A blender will do this job properly. Once you get a liver paste, add instant grits bit by bit. Sooner or later, the liquid consistency of the liver will be more solid because of grits. Use a hand or spatula to get your desired thickness. Then form small balls from the mixture. Once you drop the ball into the water, it will release strong attractants. Carps can hardly resist the flavor.
4. Flavoured oats bait
Carps love sweetened fruit flavor such as banana, strawberry, pineapple, peach, etc. Take any fruit or a mixture of two/more. No matter which one you select, remember to mesh them well with sweetener and gelatin. They will form fruit jelly. Or, you can directly buy fruit jello for stores. Bring the jar of instant oats out. Take 1.5 ounces of jello for 1 cup oats in a ziplock plastic bag. Maintain the same ratio for more oats. Add water according to the quantity of oats. Shake it thoroughly to blend all items. Lay the bag flat on the table. Check for uneven lumps. If you encounter such spots, flatten them. Leave the bag in a dry place for a couple of days. When oats and jello harden, it is ready to use. It has an excellent taste but may look dull. Adding corn bits will give it a tractive look. But it is optional.
5. Versatile bait
In case anyone is trying to capture picky carp in pond, he should choose the most powerful bait. A versatile bait has enough flavors to draw the attention of any species. Collect cornstarch, sugar, cornflakes, cornmeal, and mashed cream corn. If you have whole cream corn, put in a blender and pulse. Combine one tablespoon cornstarch with two cups of crushed cornflakes. Set the mixture aside. Pour two cup cream corn into a pan. Heat with medium flame. When it starts boiling, add two tablespoons of sugar. Later, drop two cups of cornmeal there. Stir it slowly using a spatula. Wait for a paste-like consistency. Turn off the heat. Shift the cornflakes into the pan after five minutes. Mix again. Let it cool for some time. Lastly, make balls from it. You can use them for prebaiting for direct fishing.