How to Make Millet Carp Bait

How to Make Millet Carp Bait

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Carp fishing, a long-held tradition in Europe, is just now starting to explode in the United States. Carp are good table fair and fun to catch. Their wide availability and monstrous size potential make them excellent objects for sport fisherman throughout the country. Carp can be caught on a wide array of baits, but one of the more effective is made using millet, flour and wheat bran to form a dough bait. The bait is compact enough to stay on the hook for several minutes and casts well.

Items you will need

  • 5-gallon bucket

  • 9 cups millet

  • 2 cups self-rising flour

  • 4 cups wheat bran

  • 16 oz. dark corn syrup

  • 2 oz. strawberry cake flavoring

  • Stove

  • Medium sauce pan

  • Wooden spoon

  • Rubber gloves

  • Trash bag

  • Resealable plastic bags

Step 1

Add 9 cups of millet, 2 cups of self-rising flour and 4 cups of wheat bran to the 5-gallon bucket.

Step 2

Mix the dry ingredients by hand until the self-rising flour can no longer be seen.

Step 3

Place the medium sauce pan on the stove and add entire bottle of dark corn syrup. Heat the syrup over medium heat until warm but not boiling.

Step 4

Add 2 oz. of strawberry cake flavoring and mix well with wooden spoon.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into the 5-gallon bucket over the dry ingredients. Put on rubber gloves and stir the mixture until it is well mixed. It will be stiff and hard to mix.

Step 6

Place a trash bag on a flat surface and turn the bucket onto the trash bag, dumping the contents onto it.

Step 7

Pat the mixture out to approximately a 2-inch thickness and let it dry for 2 hours.

Step 8

Form the millet bait into balls and package into resealable plastic bags for convenience.


  • Use care when heating corn syrup; stir often to prevent scorching.


  • Make several different flavors while you are in the process.
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