In the second part of the series I will give some tips for advanced boilie makers, i.e. people who have gained basic experience in boilie making. How to make the task more effective with low cost tools that can be obtained easily by anyone. I will show you how a manually-operated meat mincer can be changed into a perfect boilie press with a small trick and how the boilie rolling can be sped up with the help of a piece of panel-board and two hinges. Of course, all these are spiced with SBS products new in 2010 offering an alternative for anglers with tighter budgets so that they can try making the SBS premium and catchiest products at home…!
First of all let us see what low cost things that help us make the process of boilie making much more efficient than it was in my presentation of basic boilie making:
- manually-operated meat mincer (+ individual bush)
- Pressing head
- Boilie roller
- 8 Reisser screws (4 x 20)
- Screw driver
- Panel-board (5 cm larger than the boilie roller you are using)
- 2 hinges (50 mm)
- Electric drill
- Mixing shaft
- Boiling pot (for boiled boilies)
Before you start worrying about all the things I have listed, read them one by one again and you will see that you already have the majority - or all - of these things at home.
The first and most important tool is the meat mincer.
This manually-operated meat mincer can be easily obtained and it is usually found in traditional households. The one you see in the picture belonged to my grandparents until I got hold of it :-) Let us see what minor changes we have to make to it so that it will be perfectly suited to our purpose. The first change is very simple: remove the knife you find at the end of the mincer (the short video attached to this article shows you how to do it), we do not need it, the knife would just make it difficult to press out the sausages.
The second thing, and here you have to find an expert, is to obtain the bush you see in the picture.
The size of the bush depends on the size of the meat mincer - I recommend that you have it turned (manufactured) to size. Any turner can fabricate it at a low price including the material and work fee. We need this bush to perfectly match the pressing head to the mincer so that the mixed mass will not come out the sides. The next step is to put the boilie roller onto the panel-board. Now we need a piece of panel-board. It should be 5 cm larger on all sides than the roller you will use. Fix this piece of panel-board with the help of the two hinges as I show you:
Fix one part of the hinge to the panel-board and the other part to the bench with 2 Reisser screws each.
(You ambitious young folk - do not screw it to your nice dining table at home. Put a piece of panel-board or a similar board on a frame (if you do not have a special bench) and screw the panel to it as I have shown you. :-))
Once the hinge and the panel board have been fixed fold them on the bench and screw (or nail) the boilie roller on top of it.
If you have worked well the “device” should operate like this.
Now that we have completed all the tasks, let us have a look at our budget:
Manually operated meat mincer - € 10.-
Turned bushing - € 5.-
Panel-board - € 2.-
Hinges - € 2.-
Reisser screws - € 1.-
Mixing shaft - € 3.-
The necessary things can be obtained and purchases made for about € 23.- (I have taken the prices from quotations found on the internet but the costs do not include the price of an electric drill). I am sure that this sum will persuade all of you that it is a worthwhile investment; you will see in my short video how effectively the device works. And now here is the new cost-effective premium SBS product I promised in the intro:
The product is called Quest Ready-Made Base Mix, boiled and soluble versions are available in the shops.
You would be wrong to think that it is an instant mixture. The base of the premium category the Quest Base Mix found in this box has proved highly effective. It is a very special product because you do not need to buy all the ingredients in large quantities, the box contains all the necessary ingredients for recipes European test anglers have found most effective. The ingredients are packed separately in quantities necessary for a 1 kg mix.Why is it good? Sceptics can try the catchiest SBS home-made boilies without having to buy large quantities of ingredients; the buyer gets the quantity necessary for 1 kg mix. This is an ideal opportunity to try which premium flavour out of the 9 flavours works in your favourite water in a given period. I can guarantee you one will definitely work from the 9, dependent on the place and the weather conditions.
For your information I must add that this 1 kg bag does cost more than ingredients and additives bought in larger packages and broken down to the price of 1 kg. However, if you consider how much you can save, owing to this product, since you will only buy in large packages those additives which have been proved effective for you then you will see this 1 kg bag is sold at a very favourable price. First I will make the proven boilies called “Ace Lobworm” which have given good results especially on Western European waters. (In my video you will see part of the short video made with the German test team where they share their experiences gained with the Ace Lobworm bait). Let us see what the Ace Lobworm Quest Ready-Made Base mix contains:
1. Ace Lobworm Liquid Attract 8 ml
2. Mixture of Natur Attract 25 ml + Attractamino 25 ml
3. Winterised Omega Red Salmon Oil 30 ml
4. Betain HCl 5 g
5. The Edge extract 10 g
6. Flavone Savoury 2 g
7. Salt 10 g
The powder-based additives …
… and the liquids are in sealed bags that preserve the flavours.
Add the contents of the bags to the eggs necessary to make 1 kg mix - 12 eggs in our case.
Add the liquids to the eggs first...
… then add the powder-based ingredients and finally the salt.
Now all the important additives are added to the eggs.
First mix them by hand …
… then pour everything into a larger bowl or bucket.
And here comes the machine...
I have attached a mixing shaft (available in every paint shop) to the electric drill to mix the liquid and the added base mix easily.
When you have mixed everything thoroughly …
… add the mix slowly to the liquid.
You really need to be slow and careful because the egg quantity you are using cannot be determined accurately, some eggs are larger the others are smaller. As it depends on the quantity of liquid how much mix it takes, add the boilie basic mix until you achieve the proper consistency.
Before you get the perfect consistency the mass starts to thicken and you will feel it because the electric drill will work harder and harder. Continue mixing from this point by hand to avoid damaging the electric drill.
It won’t take much time and effort, the mass will separate from the sides of the bowl shortly and you will get a mass which looks like this one.
Leave the mass mature in a plastic bag for a few minutes. Now it’s time to start using the modified meat mincer.
The mincer does not only speed up sausage making but it compacts it more and you will get heavier balls - a great advantage if you throw in the balls with a throwing stick.
You will roll the sausages into balls much quicker due to the “hinged technique”.
There is nothing else to do but to cook the rolled balls…
… and to dry them!
You can store the boiled boilies in a re-sealable bag which will preserve the flavour or you can freeze them.
Freeze the boilies you have made after they have cooled down or use them within 2 or 3 days. Use the spare time you have saved with this trick trying to find out the best feeding strategy and visit www.sbsbaits.net site for more information. However, it is not enough to have the best bait you must know how to offer it to the leeriest fish.
Now I will show you the additives necessary to make the Soluble Bio Big Fish Quest Ready-Made Base mix, i.e. the Bio Big Fish soluble mix and the other things necessary to make 1 kg. This flavour was added to the SBS range of goods last year, the Hungarian SBS Carp Mania team were among the first teams to test it; they caught 500 kg fish in 48 hours on this bait. (See the pictures in my short video).
The content of the Soluble Bio Big Fish Quest Ready-Made Base mix:
1. The Gold Treasure 225 ml
2. Bio Big Fish Liquid Attract 8 ml
3. Mixture of Natur Attract 25 ml + Attractamino 25 ml
4. K. M. Nugget Oil 30 ml
5. Betain HCl 5 g
6. The Edge extract 10 g
7. Flavone Fish 2 g
8. Salt 10 g
First pour the whole bottle of Gold Treasure into a bowl then fill the bottle with mineral water up to the mark (150 ml) and add it to the Gold Treasure.
Now the liquid ingredients…
… and the dry ones you find in the box, add all of them to the mixture of
a Gold Treasure and mineral water.
All the ingredients necessary for the mix are now in the bowl.
From this point you have to do the same things I have shown you earlier in this article.
First mix the ingredients by hand…
… then with the drill, then add the base mix to it slowly.
When the mass has thickened…
… continue mixing it by hand.
After you have made sausages with the help of the meat mincer start rolling the balls…
The mass mixed with Gold Treasure is easier to handle than the mass mixed with eggs, so you will get even rounder balls.
Put remaining mass, which you could not be pressed from the meat mincer (it got stuck there) into an empty plastic re-sealable bag which will preserve the flavour. You can use it anytime for your hook bait as paste.
The final result: One of the catchiest soluble boilies and some paste which will make your hook bait more attractive during feeding.
By: Zoltán Kovács
Picture, video: Péter Takács