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Carp Bait Recipes

Written by: Pete Danylewycz
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Using a homemade carp bait is one of the best ways to hook into a huge carp. There are so many out there that it is often difficult to determine which ones are best. Carp are typically not that difficult to catch. I have caught several myself on bait as simple as a piece of bread or a quarter of a hot dog. But having the best carp bait will make things a lot easier on you. A good recipe will attract nearby carp and it will remain solid on the hook. Some homemade recipes tend to dissolve in the water when left out for a few minutes leaving you with a plain hook. Remember that different recipes work better than others depending on your demographics, so try a few out and see what works best for you.

Carp Bait Recipes

Peanut Butter Ball  

  • 1/2 cup of grits
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 slices of white bread

Simply mash it altogether and form a tight ball around your hook. This works wonders for me.

Breakfast Cereal

  • 1 cup of Wheaties - or really any other cereal will work just as well
  • 1 cup of flour
  • stir in a little honey and a 1/4 cup sugar
  • mix in a little hot water until you get the desired consistancy

 Koolaid Mixture

  • 1 cup of corn puffs
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 package of koolaid - any color works but I like red the best

Mix the ingredients and slowly add in hot water. Once you get a thick dough like texture stop adding water and work the paste. Remember you want it to be firm.

There are hundreds of different carp recipes out there but these ones tend to work the best for me. Some experiences anglers will add salt to the mixture as well as this is supposed to help attract carp. You can very the ingredients, some will work better than others depending on your location. I usually avoid any meat containing mixtures as I don't think that they are necessary. Other ingredients you can mix in to the above recipes are: oats, nuts, bird seeds, bagels, cheese, cottage cheese, corn, and corn meal. Experiment a little and see what works best.

If you have your own recipe you want to share feel free to do so below in the comments.

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Nicholas Russi LAADC, CCS
Nicholas Russi LAADC, CCS
2 years ago

Thanks for this! I’ll try a few of these. I typically use panko, sweet corn, hominy, and strawberry jello pack.

Also corn meal, maseca, shredded wheat, cream corn and sweet corn.

Happy fishing!

Nick Russi

Lucas Mcadams
Lucas Mcadams
2 years ago

I like to use a bread crumb pack bait. 425g Bread crumb, 1 or 2 red jello packs, one drained can of sweet corn and red Gatorade until desired consistency.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
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