I’m all ready for my weekend trip now, I have made some fresh boilies for the first time ever. It was not straightforward but I got there and I have made 1/2 kg of nice boilies and sausages ready for the weekend. I enjoyed it despite the difficulties and encourage you all to have a go. At least my bait will be unique on 2 hard fished rivers, which may just help a bit.
A few observations.
- Eggs are not a universal size , I discovered that I needed more base mix than I expected although in hindsight my paste was a tad stiff, that part needs practice.
- Paste dries out a little after 10 minutes so bear that in mind
- 14 mm boilies don’t need long to cook, I found 40 seconds adequate for loose feed and 1 minute 20 seconds for 20 x 12 mm sausage hook baits.
- Unless you have a very hot hob or a Berco water heater then don’t put more than about 20 boilies in at once. I was using a chip pan, too many causes the water to cool thus screwing up your perfectly determined cooking times.
- Don’t underestimate how much your baits will harden once dried, if they squeeze with moderate pressure after cooling down then they are probably about right for loose feed.
- It takes longer than you might think without a rolling table.
- Getting even sized baits is pretty easy, making the hook baits slightly odd shapes seems like a good idea, time will tell.
- My boilies smell great, subtle and posh and much more pleasant than mangy permeates everything pellets. If it works I might tell you the recipe, if it doesn’t I’ll go off somewhere and sulk.
I’ve got about 10 hook baits per session and 20-30 loose offerings and an orange sized lump of paste. If I was at home I’d just make enough for the one session, but as I’m away I have no choice. It’ll be interesting to see if the baits go off. I bought a cotton laundry bag with holes in to the let the baits breathe, less than a quid from Wilkinson.
I will do the odd update this weekend despite what Brian says in the previous post’s comments, there will be long periods of bite less activity on this weekends rivers. They are not easy, none of them.