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Carp-O-Rama by whitetips
June 25, 2010, 1:36 pm
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If you have not heard by now, tomorrow will be our “Carp-O-Rama” event out at Pawnee Lake west of Lincoln (take “O” street all the way west out of Lincoln and you will roll into the town of Emerald; there is a sign at the main crossroad there that will direct you north to Pawnee).  Here are some more details on the event, ; we will be in the parking lot of the main boat ramp on the east side of the reservoir.  There will be a lot going on, there will be fish caught, demonstrations given, prizes awarded, fish cleaned, fish fried, and a good time had by all!  Come on out.

I have had this in my files for quite awhile and this is the time to use it . . . . Here is a “secret” dough ball bait recipe.  This is not mine, but was given to me by someone who flat out catches LOTS of carp.  This recipe is simple, but has been very effective at past “Carp-O-Rama” events at Pawnee.


A glass of water in a small cup, a glass of corn meal, 3.5 teaspoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of Quaker Oat Bran hot cereal.  The size of the glass does not matter but the portion of water has to exceed the portion of corn meal, or think of it this way–1.75 cups of water to 1.5 cups of corn meal.


Place a small bowl or pan on the stove on high heat.  Pour HOT water in the pan and mix in the sugar and the Quaker Oats Bran hot cereal.  Stir in the sugar and oats until there is no more sugar in the bottom of the pan.  When the water, sugar and oats come to a boil, turn the heat down to medium and slowly stir in the corn meal.  When all the corn meal has been added, keep stirring until you feel the dough becoming sticky.  Remove the pan from the stove.  Place the dough in a large plastic grocery bag and knead it in the bag as the steam continues to cook the dough.  Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough inside the plastic bag; roll it flat to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.  Remove the dough from the bag and let it cool.  When cool, form into a ball and wrap in a paper towel.

That is the basic recipe.  Common carp have a well-developed sense of taste/smell and love exotic flavors.  With that basic dough ball recipe consider mixing in some fruity flavors by adding Jell-O mix to the recipe or add vanilla or cinnamon or pear juice or whatever flavor you think might work.  Looking for another “secret”?  When you are ready to fish, mix some peanut butter in with your dough ball.

A simple slip-sinker rig with a hook on the end will work just fine for catching carp.  You can get very sophisticated with rigs and that may be another blog post for another time, but for now I will tell you to follow the “K.I.S.S.” principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid).  A small treble hook will hold the dough ball, form a ball around your hook.  I have seen guys use a variety of springs, wires or even cotton balls to aid in keeping their dough on the hook, something like this, .  Toss your line in the water, put the rod in a rod holder, sit back and wait for a bite.  Many carp anglers will leave a little bit of slack in their line and then watch for the line to tighten indicating that a carp has taken the bait.

I found this image on the internet and when I saw it, I knew I had to use it. I believe that fish may be a world's record carp caught AND RELEASED in Europe. You can bet that fish has been caught & released multiple times and some very sophisticated tactics were probably used to catch that fish.


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Looking forward to it Daryl. See you in the morning.

Comment by Alex Gonzales

Daryl and Everybody,

Here’s a really simple carp doughball bait recipe that the Wagner family uses. Give it a whirl at the Carp-O-Rama tomorrow or sometime this summer:


Crushed Cornflakes cereal
2 T. sugar
1 T. vanilla
6 T. flour

Thoroughly mix sugar, flour and Cornflakes. Add vanilla and form small balls that will cover your hook. Bait will slowly dissipate in the water. Mix as you use.

Good luck!

Comment by Greg Wagner

I was wondering how well the recipes for the doughballs would work for catfish, if there was possibly something else a person could add, like blood perhaps? Or would that even been neccessary? I have heard of people mixing in dry jello before to use with catfish baits. Just curious!

Comment by Kris

Channel catfish will eat just about anything including some vegetable matter, I have seen them eat corn and mulberries, so the same dough ball recipe can be effective for channel cats too. As a matter of fact, there were a handful of channel cats caught at Carp-O-Rama this past Saturday and I believe they were caught on dough balls.

You could sure add some blood or ground up fish, fish oil or some other ingredient that would be more attractive to channel cats, but I am betting you would not want to mix a lot of it in advance as it would be a challenge to keep fresh. Of course, if you can stand it, the stinkier it gets the better the catfish might like it.

If you discover something magic, let us know.

Daryl B.

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