Cold Weather Carp Fishing Bait Recipe

Cold Weather Carp Fishing Bait Recipe
Carp are cold-blooded. During the cold winter months, carps' body temperatures drop along with the water and air temperatures. This cooling means the carp eat less food, due to their metabolism dropping, and activity levels become much more stagnant. When winter carp fishing, you need baits that will entice the cold-restricted fish to strike, letting you reel them in. Making your own "boilies" or baits for winter carp requires following an easy recipe.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 6 oz. bird food in liquid form
  • 6 oz. semolina wheat
  • 4 oz. Goya flour
  • 5 medium-size eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Medium-size mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer or wooden spoon
  • 6 sandwich-size zip-lock plastic baggies
  • Spoons
  • Boiling pot with water
  • Deep fryer strainer that fits into the boiling pot
  • Paper towels
  • 1 tbsp. salmon pellets optional
Step 1
Combine the Goya flour and semolina into a medium-size mixing bowl and stir. If using the salmon pellets, also stir these into the mix.
Step 2
Spoon the mixture into a plastic Ziploc baggy and seal the bag until one small corner is left unsealed. Blow into this corner to add extra air to the mixture and bag. Seal the remaining portion of the bag. Shake well to further mix ingredients.
Step 3
Crack the eggs into a mid-size pot and stir. Add the oil and liquid bird food. Beat and mix well. Use a fork instead of a whisk to mix the eggs, as less air gets into the mix and allows for better mixing.
Step 4
Slowly add the powdered mix from the bag into the egg mix. Do not add it all at once. Stir continuously while adding the powder, creating a thick slurry. Continue adding and stirring until the mixture goes from a slurry consistency to a paste. Mold the paste into a fist-sized ball. Break the ball up into 1/2- or 1/4-inch size balls.
Step 5
Place the balls into a strainer, and begin to boil water in a pot. Once boiling, add the strainer with the small balls. Boil for two minutes, and then remove the strainer and balls from the boiling water. Let them cool on a hard surface lined with paper towels.
Step 6
Bag the boilies into the Ziploc bags and seal, after they have cooled off for a minimum of 30 minutes. Place them in the freezer until you're ready to head out to cold water fish for carp.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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