Homemade Ground Bait for Carp Fishing

Homemade Ground Bait for Carp Fishing
Carp fishing has become quite popular with freshwater anglers. Usually anglers will find several people fishing in the same area, so you will want bait from what everyone else is using. Making your own homemade carp bait will accomplish that. With quite a variety of bait recipes for catching carp, figure out which one works best for you. When making carp bait you need a binding ingredient, a liquid and an attractant.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Creamed corn
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Corn syrup
  • Saucepan
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Plastic container
Step 1
Combine 2 cups of cornmeal, 1 cup of flour, 2 eggs, 1 can of creamed corn and 1 tbsp. of sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2
Mix the ingredients together until the mixture forms into thick, heavy dough. Add a little water to the mixture if it is too thick and stir.
Step 3
Form the dough mixture into nickel-sized balls and set aside on a paper towel or plate.
Step 4
Boil 1 qt. of water and 1 cup of corn syrup in a large saucepan. Turn the heat down to medium high, so the water is still boiling but not to the point where it will splash out and burn you.
Step 5
Add several dough balls to the water to where there is enough room for them to float around and not touch each other and cause them to stick together. Cook the dough balls for approximately three minutes. The balls will float to the surface when done.
Step 6
Remove the balls from the water and place them on a paper towel to soak up excess moisture. Continue cooking the remaining dough balls until all are cooked. Allow the dough balls to completely cool and place them inside a plastic bag or plastic container with a lid.
Step 7
Place the dough balls inside the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Remove only the amount of dough balls you need and leave the remainder in the refrigerator, as they will keep for several months.

Tips & Warnings

Add 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract to your bait mixture instead of corn syrup.
Carp seem to be attracted to baits that have a sweet ingredient, so items such as flavored gelatin, strawberry or grape soda, and honey can substitute for sugar.
Refrigerate your bait balls, or they will dry out and become unusable if left out in the open.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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