Using homemade bait can be a cost-effective and rewarding way to improve your fishing success. Feeder fishing is a method that requires a consistent and steady flow of bait, it can be challenging to keep a steady supply of store-bought bait on hand. That's why creating your own bait can be a great solution.
In this article, we will provide an overview of do-it-yourself bait recipes for a feeder.
Creating your own bait can be a fun and creative process, allowing you to experiment with different ingredients and ratios to find the perfect recipe that works best for the type of fish you are trying to catch.
With the right ingredients, a little bit of patience and some practice, you'll be able to make your own baits that will help you to increase your chances of catching fish using the feeder.
Do It Yourself Bait Recipes For A Feeder
Bait is one of the most important components in feeder fishing. The composition, the ratio of components, and the quality of the batch can make a fishing trip successful or, on the contrary, turn it into a waste of time. Of course, going out into nature itself is already a great vacation for any person, but for a fisherman, and especially such an “advanced” one as a feederist, it is not common to return home without a planned catch.
General about feeder bait
Before I got acquainted with the feeder, I used two ways to feed fish. The first one is "classic". A bucket of bait is taken (separately or a mixture of porridge, corn, oilcake, boiled potatoes, etc.) and delivered from the shore or from a boat to the place of fishing. And the second way (it looks no longer like baiting, but about attracting fish) is sticking around the spring with a combination of cereals, bread, cake, and something else sticky and attractive to fish.
Feeder bait is a special thing. When falling to the bottom, it must:
- “explode”, creating a cloud or trail of attractively smelling components;
- create a bait spot at the bottom of small and large fractions.
The composition of bait for the feeder can be divided into two parts: the base and the additive (filler).
The basis includes small components (dry cereals, ground pastries (crackers, cookies, biscuits ...), grains, grated cake, etc.), and boiled cereals, cereals, corn and the like can be used as an additive (filler):
|The Foundation||Additive||Flavors and enhancers|
|Chalked pastries, dry cereals, grated cake, crushed seeds (sunflower, coriander, flax, hemp) and so on.||Boiled millet, pearl barley, peas, cereals, corn, and so on.||Vanilla, honey, caramel, syrups, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, oils, and so on.|
It is clear that our base will be dusty and attract fish, preventing them from eating properly. And the additive, lying on the bottom, and in the case of fishing on the current, slowly rolling and spreading along the bottom, should keep the fish in the baiting place.
With the preparation of supplements, everything is simple. It should be, firstly, to the taste of the fish, and, secondly, it should be moderately crumbly, not sticking together in the feeder.
In my experience, the most popular supplements would be:
- not fully cooked millet ;
- steamed or slightly undercooked barley ;
- boiled bran;
- pea-millet porridge ;
- millet-barley porridge (Salapinka);
- boiled or canned corn ;
- a mixture of these components.
If the purpose of fishing is crucian or carp, then it is better to use pearl barley (and) or millet, for bream peas and (or) millet. Boiled bran works well with most "white" fish.
How Much To Add Porridge To The Bait?
With the addition, everything is clear. It can be up to half the volume of the feeder (usually 20-30%) and will keep the fish in one place. Here there is a fear not to feed, but to overfeed the fish. Indeed, if there is no current or there are not so many fish in the reservoir, then such a possibility exists. But when fishing with a feeder on a river, especially if it has a good full-flowing channel, such fears are unnecessary.
Usually, the fish in the river are very active and constantly move in search of food. The current is constantly washing away our bait table for fish. Under such conditions, the use of "weighty" pieces of porridge will be simply necessary.
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Of course, only the base without additives can be used as bait for the feeder, especially since it is sold in every fishing store and is prepared in a few minutes. A lot of people do this and they are successful. But everything, again, depends on the conditions of fishing, the size of the fish being fed, and the strength of the current.
It is one thing to feed a roach, and quite another to feed a non-protocol bream or even a carp. The base attracts fish and does it perfectly. But to keep it in one place, for example, a flock of bream will be possible only with the use of an additive.
Fishing Bait Base Components
With the components for the base, everything is much more complicated than for the additive. It uses many components and their various combinations. Judge for yourself, manufacturers of feeder-only mixes offer several options for a specific fish or even season. And this, of course, is correct.
Each fish has its own tastes and addiction to certain smells. Mix manufacturers have their own ideas about these taste qualities and products suitable for the same fish may have a different composition and smell. Here it is a matter of choice for us. Only through experience can you find something optimal for your pond and your preferred fish.
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After reading a variety of recipes, a novice feederist begins to get lost: so what to choose from such a variety of components? According to many feeder fishing gurus, the bait can contain more than ten components, and its aromatic improvement completely leaves the novice fisherman at a loss.
Judge for yourself, the following components can be used to prepare the base of the mixture:
- crushed pastries (crackers, gingerbread, cookies, biscuits);
- crushed sunflower cake;
- powdered milk;
- ground corn;
- corn flour;
- corn grits;
- corn sticks;
- oatmeal flakes (whole and ground);
- egg powder;
- powdered milk;
- roasted and ground peanuts;
- coconut flakes;
- roasted and ground sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, flax, and coriander seeds;
- instant cereals;
- fish flour;
- wheat bran;
- compound feed;
- shrimp meal;
- ground dog or cat dry food (canned food for animals can also be used as an additive);
- and this is not the whole list.
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Some of these ingredients are expensive and can affect the overall cost of a bait mix. For example, the use of ground sweet biscuits will undoubtedly improve its attractiveness. But where to get it? It's one thing if there are leftovers from the wife's unsuccessful sweet culinary masterpiece, which the fish will appreciate with pleasure. Or managed to find an inexpensive cookie fight on the market. But it's a completely different matter when you have to buy good cookies in the store and add them to the bait.
This can be justified in two cases:
- Firstly, expensive components are added to select the optimal composition when most ready-made mixtures do not work as they should;
- Secondly, you just love to make good bait with your own hands, and you don’t have financial questions about this.
In all other cases, I propose to abandon expensive components, and as a result, get a relatively inexpensive mixture, which, in terms of performance, will not be inferior to purchased baits.
Feeder bait recipes can be made by hand
As criteria in the preparation of the basis, we take:
- Purpose of fishing: bream, crucian carp, carp.
- The cost of the finished base should not be higher, but rather lower than the finished domestic one.
- The components used should be available and the time spent on their preparation should be minimal.
- The preparation time for a 10-kg base batch is no more than 30 minutes.
The basic of bait should have the following basic qualities:
- attract (each individual component of the mixture, in our experience, should attract fish by smell and composition);
- dust and feed (the base should consist of small, light, dusting fractions and larger, feed parts);
- glue (some components must have explicit adhesive properties).
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In the course of practice, I deduced for myself such a universal composition of the mixture for the feeder:
- crushed confectionery (breadcrumbs, cookies, gingerbread, biscuits, etc. large and small fractions) - 40-50%;
- cells, bran, mixed fodder, (one component or a mixture of them) - 10-15%;
- milled sunflower cake or ground roasted seeds - 10-15%;
- semolina 10%;
- corn flour, groats 5-10%;
- ready-made purchased bait (I choose with a smell suitable for the current season) - 20-30%.
You can play with the proportions of the components, but I do not advise you to go beyond these limits. Ground crackers, semolina, oatmeal, corn flour in such proportions give excellent stickiness to our base. Hercules, cereals, bran, and cake are used to create a plume and clouds. The ingredients are quite affordable. Now let's talk about what can be added to this mixture:
- whole large flakes of Hercules fried in oil - 5%;
- one of the most accessible components is crushed roasted seeds (it is better to add just before fishing, as they refresh the smell and taste of bait) - 5-15%;
- popular, especially when catching cyprinids, crushed and whole boiled hemp seed (it is better to add before fishing) - 2-5%;
- crushed flax and coriander seeds - 2%;
- crushed roasted peanuts - 5%;
- dry milk (you can mix the bait with milk) - 2-5%.
For flavoring baits, it is better to use a proven flavor for your pond and fish. There are plenty to choose from vanilla, honey, caramel, plum, strawberry, cherry syrups, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, fish oil or cancer neck flavors, sunflower oil, and so on.
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Let me remind you that with any oil you need to be careful. Fat molecules tend to wrap well with other particles of bait, and this leads to the fact that the smell from them will spread worse. If you use, for example, sunflower oil, then it is better to add it to the porridge supplement.
We scatter the finished batch of the base into bags of 1-2 kg, and the supply of bait is ready. Before fishing, we cook porridge for supplements and go ahead for trophies. Aromatization of the mixture can be carried out immediately before fishing.
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Before fishing, the base and additive can be mixed, or added to the feeder in layers. The main thing is not to ram too much bait into the feeder. The feeder during normal feeder fishing should be washed out in a few minutes.
I hope today's article will help many anglers decide on the selection of the right components for their bait. And a do-it-yourself mixture will not only be cheaper than purchased but also fresh, which means it will be much better to attract fish. Leave your recipes and ingredients for homemade baits in the comments. This may help many other feeder anglers learn something new about baiting techniques.
In conclusion, making your own bait for feeder fishing can be a cost-effective and rewarding way to improve your fishing success. By experimenting with different ingredients and ratios, you can create a bait that is specifically tailored to the type of fish you're trying to catch.
When making your own bait, it's important to remember that the ingredients and ratios can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the bait. It's also important to pay attention to the texture and consistency of the bait, as it needs to be able to stay on the hook and flow through the feeder.