How to Fish With Liquid Molasses

by Nicole Schmoll
Carp are just one of the freshwater fish you can lure with molasses.

Carp are just one of the freshwater fish you can lure with molasses.

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Molasses is a thick, dark, bittersweet syrup commonly added to breads, beans and chili recipes. Humans aren't the only creatures with a fondness for its sweet flavor; fish, and in particular carp, can't resist its strong aroma or syrupy sweetness. A by-product of refining sugar cane into table sugar, molasses is an excellent additive to carp bait and can be added to boilies to catch carp and other freshwater fish. Molasses seems to be particularly attractive to large carp, which can grow to 30 inches and weigh as much as 60 pounds.

Items you will need

  • 10 oz. semolina
  • 6 oz. soya flour
  • Brewers yeast
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 9 oz. molasses
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large saucepan
  • Metal sieve
  • Drying tray
  • Baiting needle
  • Hair rig hook
  • Boilie stop
Step 1

Weigh out 10 ounces semolina, six ounces soya flour and one package of brewer's yeast into a mixing bowl. Combine 4 medium eggs with 9 oz. molasses in a separate mixing bowl. Mix liquid ingredients together thoroughly with an electric mixer.

Step 2

Gradually add dry ingredients to wet mix, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Knead the pasty dough with your hands until you have a stiff paste that is firm yet still malleable and feels slightly tacky. Add one drop of vegetable oil if your boilie mix becomes too dry.

Step 3

Roll the paste out into long, thin sausage shapes. Cut the shapes into short cylinders about 1 inch in length. Roll each cylinder between your thumb and forefinger, forming small balls.

Step 4

Fill a large saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Place about 20 boilies into a metal sieve and submerse the sieve into the boiling water. Allow boilies to cook in the water for 1 minute. Remove the sieve from the water. Remove boilies from the sieve and allow them to cool and dry on a drying tray. Repeat until all boilies are cooked and dried.

Step 5

Take 30 to 40 dried boilies with you on a fishing trip. Pierce one boilie with a baiting needle. Slide the barb of the baiting needle through the loop on a hair rig hook. Pull the hair rig loop through the boilie. Attach a boilie stop into the hair rig loop protruding from the end of the boilie. Pull the boilie tight against the stop to ensure your boilie bait will stay attached to your hook until a carp or other freshwater fish comes up and bites it.

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