Sweet Coconut Boilies – Ant Wood

I have been making my own Boilies for as long as I can remember with a regular catch rate. 

I don’t actually fish lakes with monster carp so am not likely to catch giants however, several people who have used my recipes have caught 20lb+ carp.  I thought you might like to try making some for yourself so I have written this step by step guide on making one of my recipes.  Firstly I will list the ingredients that you will need.

7oz Semolina
3oz Wheat Flour
2oz Milk Flour
2oz Coconut Flour
2oz Horlicks
1oz Betaine
3 Large Eggs
15ml Bait-Tech Sweet Coconut Squirt
2.5ml Vanilla Essence
2.5ml Almond Essence
20ml Bait-Tech Omega 3 Fish Oil
3tsp Desicated Coconut
2tsp Brewers Yeast
1tsp Ground Rock Salt
The first step to making your own Boilies is to put all your dry ingredients into an airtight bag/container.  Your dry ingredients are Semolina, Wheat Flour, Rice Flour, Coconut Flour, Horlicks, Dessicated Coconut, Brewers Yeast and Ground Rock Salt.  Seal the bag, give it a shake for a couple of minutes and then put it aside for now.

Now break the 3 eggs into a large mixing bowl and gently whisk until all the yolk and White are mixed together.  Add your Bait-Tech Sweet Coconut Squirt, Vanilla Essence, Almond Essence and Bait-Tech Omega3 Fish Oil and give a good stir to mix it all together.


The next step is to start adding your dry ingredients from the bag/container, add a cupful at a time and stir in with a fork.  Once you can’t use the fork anymore carry on adding the dry ingredients and mix with your hands until your mixture resembles playdough.

If you have used all your dry ingredients and still don’t have a playdough texture keep adding a bit extra Semolina until you do have the right texture.


Okay, now you can either use a sausage gun and rolling table (available from Gardener) or you can roll by hand.

If you roll by hand, break a piece of the dough off and roll into a long sausage roughly the size of the boilie you want to make, then chop the sausage into small boilie size sections and roll into a ball in your hand.

If you are using a sausage gun put the mixture into the gun and squeeze out the sausages, next cut to size using the rolling table lid, then place a sausage on the table and roll into Boilies.


Now bring a saucepan of water to the boil and boil 20-30 boilies at a time for 2 minutes for boilies up to 16mm and 3 minutes for bigger boilies.  The second option which is the one I’m using is to steam your boilies.  Place a single layer of boilies into one tray of the steamer leave enough room to allow each boilie to expand or you will have odd shaped Boilies, steam for 10 minutes.

As your boilies are boiled empty them out onto a piece of curtain netting or into a mushroom tray (should be able to get a plastic mushroom tray free from your local greengrocer).  Allow to air dry for 24 hours, turning roughly every 4-6 hours then freeze until ready to use.

If you would like to make these Boilies shelf life instead of needing to freeze them add 10g of Potassium Sorbate to your dry ingredients bag at the beginning of this recipe, this should give you a shelf life boilie of at least 6 months.

Good luck and tight lines

8 Responses to Sweet Coconut Boilies – Ant Wood

  1. John Saxon February 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm


    First of all let me say how much I enjoyed reading your ‘how to’ guide. It made perfect sense and seems to be a great starting point for those who have never tried making their own boilies.

    I myself am just about to start to making my own, so found this guide really useful.

    One question it still leaves me without an answer to, is this: After the boilies have been dried (whilst occasionaly being rolled) and then bagged into the freezer, are there any further steps I need to take when I remove the bag from the freezer to take with me on a fishing session? (ie: do I need to allow them to ‘thaw’ or ‘defrost’ in any way before they are fit for consumption by the fish?)

    I look forward to a reply in due course.

    John. (“,)

    • Anthony Wood February 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Hi John,

      I’m glad you like the article. The answer is yes you will need to thaw them out, the best way to do this is to use something called an air dry bag (look one up on EBay) if you don’t want to pay out for one the best way is to get a mushroom tray from your local greengrocer. either way take them out at least 12 hours before you are going to use them.

      hope that helps.

  2. TIM June 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    hi guys, its great to see people arent scared to offer assistance to people wanting to have a go at making there own baits. my father in law fishes but has been taken ill with cancer, so long term planning to get him down the lake isnt possible, i realy need to make him some shelf life products, is there an preservative i can use in his boilie mixes and prepared particle mixes.
    sorry if this is a few too many questions

    many thanks

  3. Anthony Wood June 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

    There most certainly is if you use 10g potassium sorbate granules ( available on ebay) dilute them in 20ml of warm water and add to the above mix you should get a good 4-6 months out of your boilies. This does decrease to around two months if you use fresh ingredients such as liquidized prawns.

    Hope that helps.


    • TIM June 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      thanks guys.
      ive said to him on severeral occasions i,ll nip and buy his bate.
      competative old sod wont let me, keeps saying that bought stuff isnt as good as what we make.

      once again, many thanks

  4. mike parks September 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Really like this article. Thanks for sharing. Can I please ask how much does this mix make?

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