Baking Mistake into Carp Bait

I’ve been baking a lot of bread lately, and due to having an old bread machine, I have had a few loafs just refuse to rise. I hate the idea of throwing out these failed loaves, so I decided it was time to figure out how to use them somehow. Below, you can see the loaf that didn’t rise, but since it is primarily flour I figured I could make carp bait with it.


I started out wanting to make some boilies, so I took a third of the loaf of bread and tossed it into the food processor. This resulted in a fine, wet, bread crumb.


Since I use corn in my ground bait, I wanted the bait to be corn based as well. I put roughly a 1/2 cup of corn muffin mix into the blender with the bread crumbs.


To add more filler agents, I tossed in 2 cups of cooked oatmeal.


To help the boilies keep their shape and not be to soft when submerged, I put in one egg.


This was all blended together into a thick paste. I’ve always had good luck with vanilla flavoring in my carp baits, so I put 2 and a 1/2 TBSP of vanilla into the mix.


This resulted in a slightly sticky dough. I then rolled balls of the dough in either the corn meal mix or the extra bread crumbs. This resulted in balls that hold their shape well, but won’t stick to surfaces.


I rolled the dough into balls with diameters of 1 inch or smaller. These were then tossed into boiling water for 2 minutes.


The boilies were then set to rest on a pizza pan to air dry while the rest of the dough was boiled.


I still had 2/3 of the loaf left, so I made up some ground bait. The rest of the bread was tossed into the food processor with 1 cup of dry oatmeal and 1 cup of corn meal mix. These were bagged and frozen for use as ground bait. When mixed with canned corn, this will result in a soft, easy to shape, and easy to cast ground bait.


IMG_9850After sitting out for a few hours, the boilies were still softer than I wanted so I tossed them into the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit just long enough for the outsides to toughen up a little (mine needed like 35 minutes).

This one loaf of bread resulted in 4 bags of ground bait and 6 bags of boilies. These have all been tossed in the freezer and should be fine in there for as long as needed and should be fine in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


When these boilies are tossed among the ground bait, they should be irresistible to hungry carp. This is a phenomenal bait for fishing the Ohio River flood plains in late winter and early spring.

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