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Make Exciting Homemade Carp Boilies Using Strawberries Pineapples And Bananas! - by Tim F. Richardson

You can make very cheap carp baits that work instantly on a range of carp waters that exploit the attraction of their strong natural flavours! Real strawberry, pineapple and banana are well proven flavours so why not make your own unique versions of really successful homemade boilies using real fruit with all their benefits?! Read on to find out much more!It may not surprise you to find that actual fruits themselves catch carp, and examples range from putting strawberries, blackberries and acai berries on your rig, to the old UK favourites like elderberries, and in the states, mulberries. I find acai berries catch carp and tempt other species too. Carp have been caught on banana chunks too. So fruits are not always unusual foods to carp; blackberries and elderberries and mulberries etc if beside water when ripe may fall into the water and be eaten by carp. There are many flavour components in some of the most common fruits that are used in synthetic flavour production. Producing artificial or nature-identical type flavours seem to be much more of a goal for bait companies today than in the past, when they often relied most upon any of a range of solvent based flavours. Because carp can become wary of familiar bait substances that have hooked them previously and that are easily detected it is a good idea to make your baits using a natural and subtle approach, which is where using natural flavours comes in which lack a solvent base.So to begin making the most basic of natural fruit flavour carp baits you will need some fruit. Obviously you might start with the fruits mentioned or use others and the choice is entirely yours. You might go for plums, cranberries, loganberries, apricots, blueberries, apple, or some more exotic fruits such as guava, papaya and mango for instance.Carp find it easy to detect things called organic acids and other compounds found in fruit. A very familiar example of this is called butyric acid. Fruit flavours develop inside the fruit as it ripens and the riper the fruit, the richer and deeper the flavour profile becomes. In many ways this reflects the maturing of wines and mature beverages, and even the natural development of maple syrup flavours, and tones and aromas through the spring.The profile impacts and effects are what you will notice between tasting natural strawberry and a cheaper solvent-based flavour. The real fruit will contain the full flavour profile but the cheap synthetic flavour will not, plus the real fruit contains all kinds of potentially catch-improving beneficial active compounds that synthetic flavours lack.You might also use tinned fruits if you cannot get fresh fruit and these come in their own natural juice or in syrups for instance. Syrups are getting more popular now as people try to get more of a subtle flavour in their baits. In fact, mixing concentrated flavours with honey is just one way of ensuring it will be much more subtle-hitting and this produces unusual perfume smells, tastes and aromas too.I recommend you use a liquidiser to turn you fruit into a puree and yes fruit purees work too. For example, raspberry puree is something I have used as part of my alternative flavouring in some of my more conventional boilie and paste baits. We do not need to get technical in making this basic bait; the attraction really is coming from the natural fruits and not much else. Work on using approximately a quarter to a third of your bait as the liquidised or mashed fruit proportion. The riper your fruits used the better and for instance I will use fully ripened bananas that are going black as these have developed much more flavour and higher levels of attractive sugars and alcohol. With bananas like these the smell is very much like some common solvent based fruit flavours but instead of your flavour being mostly solvent with a little extra natural fruit flavour added for example your banana flavour is the genuine full profile natural fruit that carp very rarely experience!In terms of proportions you might go for a liquid mixture of 2 thirds fruit to 1 third eggs and the eggs will enable you to bind your bait so you can make boilies or more resilient paste or dough baits. Use a meal or flour to bind your fruit into dough or paste or to make homemade boilies. You can go the really cheap route and use ordinary wheat flour and this makes soft more soluble stickier fishing baits that really leach out flavours fast. I recommend you use semolina or maize flour or meal to make your baits harder and less sticky. These 2 ingredients are not really quite soluble unlike when using fine wheat flour in baits which break down faster in solution but there are very good reasons for using faster-dissolving baits!All you do to make baits is create your fruit puree, and add any liquids you like to this mixture. This includes your proportion of eggs if you wish to use liquid egg instead of egg powders. Ensure you very thoroughly mix your liquids together well; again, the food mixer or liquidiser is idea and when using eggs you can simply put the whole egg in and let the mixer break it up (the shell will do no harm to the bait and breaks up easily in mixers.) An unusual mixture is of very ripe apple, pear and really ripe mango. Adding a generous dose of cinnamon to such a mix would work very well. If you use egg powder instead of using fresh eggs, then add about a 10 percent proportion of egg powder to your dry binder or dry powders mix. When using egg powder you will get boilies that are firmer right through so they will be more resilient although less water-soluble. To sweeten your baits even more to improve bait palatability, I recommend using Ccmoore Ultrasweet which is a unique intense sweetener with no nasty back-taste. Use about 2 millilitres or even 3 millilitres for very cold conditions. (To boost your bait you can add a proportion of a highly quality bulk protein ingredient such as poultry protein meal to your dry binding ingredients.)Add your dry powder to your liquid gradually. This way you can adjust how dry or wet your dough or paste will become so you can adjust things. Once something like a firm bread dough type consistency is reached your bait is ready. If you want to give your baits some sort of added extra boost because you lack initial confidence, try adding some pure betaine to your mixture; a minimal amount of 1 grams of pure betaine or betaine HCL is easily enough to improve feeding response. I find that the betaine HCL from Carpfishingpellets (see online,) is a very productive product indeed! You can use your bait fresh or bag it up and label it and place it in the fridge a few days before fishing, or just freeze so it is ready for future sessions. There are many benefits and big reasons for using homemade baits besides using readymade baits (if you really insist on spending the money on readymade baits that is!) In any case, using alternative homemade baits very much improves your chances if you are addicted to using readymade baits, as using the 2 together is extremely well proven for big fish catches!Fruity baits have always been successful in cooler temperatures so as autumn, winter and spring baits they are ideal. Plus simple fruit baits of many forms are much easier for carp to digest in low water temperatures. Fruit powders have been an important part of commercial bait development and powdered fruit flavours are in big demand too.I normally make a note of the liquid and dry amounts of additves, ingredients etc I use. This is so I can easily repeat the same bait in the future and this becomes much more critically vital in the case of more complexly-designed baits! (It is not an ideal situation to be in to discover your have made one of the most productive boilies you have ever used and not be able to repeat it ever again!)If you do not have a food mixer or liquidiser then just a tough metal fork and gradually mash your fruits down into pulp and use as above. Using a large bowl or pan is absolutely fine. Most of my bait making is done using these as I like to make really dense baits which tend to contain less air than most baits and are heavier than most conventional readymade baits. I really believe this makes carp work harder when feeding on them and makes hooking more fish easier for various reasons; it works! Placing small marble sized balls of paste into boiling water for a minute will produce boilies; just take them out immediately and dry them off on clean absorbent surface like a towel just for the job or even use cardboard boxes! To steam them I use a pressure cooker. This form of cooking is much faster, makes more potent baits as less flavours etc are leached out for instance and it is cleaner too. Natural fruit baits are just one idea for cheap and successful homemade boilies, pellets and pastes ideal for autumn and winter carp fishing. (For much more in-depth information see my unique bait secrets ebooks website Baitbigfish and my biography right now!)By Tim Richardson.

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