Tips for making your own berley (and not by emptying your stomach)

Has anyone got any tips on making your berley?  I've read about combining pollard, tuna oil and bread, but was wondering what else people use and how they prepare it?  I went and spent $5 on pre mix berley for berley sinkers, $10 on berley pellets for the berley cage and $8 on tuna oil today, and am thinnking there must be a more cheaper way...  Does anyone reccycle fish scraps or crab shells etc etc?


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I used to get

Wed, 2011-10-05 19:47

 the fish/chip shop fryer dregs for nothing and put that in a standard mix - was always effective. 

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Wed, 2011-10-05 20:07

if you want the hezzas etc then use bran flakes with oil or whatever you like,, as they float, better than average berley which sinks,

for deep stuff, that atracts the GW - blood and plenty of it,



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 can vouch for that. i use

Wed, 2011-10-05 20:42

 can vouch for that. i use rolled bran/oats in my mix with pollard and curry powder and fish blood etc. dynamite for the hezzbolas!


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herring on the surface and

Wed, 2011-10-05 20:27

herring on the surface and skippy on the bottom


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Basic recipe

Wed, 2011-10-05 22:10

I make up a full 20l bucket of burley every once in a while and it works out very cost effective.

Basic recipe is -

Empty a packet of cat biscuits into the bucket. (I use the select fish flavour - cost about $3)

Add in whatever oils you want to add. (I add around a litre of tuna / fish oil - cost around $7)

Add boiling water - usually about 1-2 kettles worth. Place lid on bucket and leave the mix for around 3-4 hours stirring occassionally. Basically, you want the biscuits to soak up as much water and oil as possibly.

Mash the biscuits thoroughly - you can use whatever technique works for you. You should end up with a warm, sloppy, oily and quite disgusting mixture :)

Add and thoroughly mix in your dry ingredients. I use pollard that I buy from City Farmers for a few bucks. 


I tend to use a second bucket and split the mix to make it easier to thoroughly mix the wet and dry ingredients. You can also make is as wet/dry as you want by simply adding more dry ingrendients until you reach the desired consistency. You end up with a mix that tends to burley up all levels of the water and puts a nice trail out for you too.

There are heaps of optional ingredients you might want to consider using - different oils, aniseed, different types of dry ingredients, stimulants, blood, ground up meats/fish frames, cat food....the list goes on. I have tried all sorts, with different results and do have a 'secret' recipe that works well for me.

My best advice is that less is more....keep it simple and you will get results on the bread & butter fish. Herring / gardies / whiting will all go crazy for the basic recipe above. 20l of burley for around $15 is also great value.





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thanks, exactly the sort of

Thu, 2011-10-06 06:53

thanks, exactly the sort of information i was chasing.


thanks for everyone's responses


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Thu, 2011-10-06 08:48

Check out your local cooked chicken shop and ask for some chicken oil, get it for nothing and does the same if not better than tuna oil.

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mix in some salt and vinegar chips

Thu, 2011-10-06 08:56

just crunch them up a little! they float and the herring and gardies love them! just the seagulls you gotta watch because they love them too! when im squiding i will crunch up a few and float away from them if the herring are around they will come straight up and then you can see them eating the chips off the surface!



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f*&^k the fish ,what a waste

Thu, 2011-10-06 12:29

f*&^k the fish ,what a waste of good salt and vinegar chips.

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agreed. no way am i giving up

Fri, 2011-10-07 21:35

agreed. no way am i giving up my samboys to catch a few fish! samboy>everything

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chicken carcass

Thu, 2011-10-06 12:18

chicken carcasses work great for the Hezzietta's


btw anyone got another nickname for herring lmao

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Tommy ruff  Get a garden

Thu, 2011-10-06 16:44

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Get a garden mulcher and mulch up fish frames.  Freeze em into blocks and you got great berley.

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For the boat fishos.I have a

Thu, 2011-10-06 19:50

For the boat fishos.

I have a hand operated meat mincer.

I put all my left over bait,fish frames,prawn heads and shells ETC thru it.

I freeze it in plastic tubs then put it in my berley bucket and drop it over the side.5m white pointers seem to be attracted to it!!! Well I got one around the boat on its maiden voyage.


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 Another idea is to use

Thu, 2011-10-06 20:12

 Another idea is to use subway cookie, the herring were almost boiling to get it.

I'm sure normal cookies that don't cost $1 a cookie might do the trick anyway.


 Subway cookie is the best burley

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What a waste of a cookie. The

Sat, 2011-10-08 10:40

What a waste of a cookie. The reason they get the herring around is because of the amount of oil in them. If left in a paper bag over night it will turn it see threw lol. 3 make up for the same fat as a quater pounder im pretty sure lol.

I like, pollard and left over oil. Pollard 2 dollars a bag and left over oil free as it either i get it or it goes in the bin. Then after that you could add left over bait, chook pellets and also tuna oil or what ever else.

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thanks for all the ideas

Thu, 2011-10-06 21:49

thanks for all the ideas guys.  plenty to work with there.


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Cat food

Sat, 2011-10-08 10:19

Get a bucket (with a lid), chuck in 10 tins of cat food, big 400 gram tins. Dont pay more that a dollar each can, and make it a mix of all the types they have like tuna, sardines, seafood platter etc. Then add a large packet of pollard or similar. Mix it all together with a stick adding enough water to get it into a scoopable puree. You can add a bottle of tuna oil but that blows the cost out a bit. Give the mixing stick to your dog then go fish.

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As mentioned before go to a

Sat, 2011-10-08 12:08

As mentioned before go to a feed store for pollard and pellets. $1 per kilo for smaller 5kg bags and less if you buy bigger bags. 


I get the chicken layer pellets and will soak them in fish oil and water before adding pollard and other ingredients. Until you start adding cat food or mushed mulies etc the pellets and pollard mix doesn't smell too bad so you can mix up enough for a week at a time without a freezer space/smell argument with the boss of all things.  

Soaking for a day or two seems to work better and that way I can get away with less burley.  

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The other thing....

Mon, 2011-10-17 18:52

The other thing to remember is to clean out your buckets on a regular basis. I just happened to leave about 500g of burley in a bucket in the shed for 3 months. I kid you not, I thought one of the ferals had come and taken a massive dump in the bucket when I opened it up prior to my last trip. Absolutely rank!


I couldn't afford to buy any burley, so I ended up using still worked. Caught a load of good sized Hezza's up at Cervantes. Gutting them was not much fun. 



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i have a old garden branch

Mon, 2011-10-17 19:09

i have a old garden branch mulcher, i modified the top with some timber so i could get hole fish frames in it.

all my shit fish i bring home and all the frames and heads are fronzen then chipped into pieces(works better fronzen)

i sharpend a old tommy hawk up and chop the frames and heads until they fit in, add some oil and pollard mix it all up.

i then buy some chinese plastic containers and freaze them for when needed.


i ussaly make enough in a couple of hours to last for many many outings, and trust me it works.




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My must have item for making

Mon, 2011-10-17 21:35

My must have item for making berley is a blender. Great for mashing up whatever you like but don't use the wifes unless you like to live dangerously. Running bread through the blender will soon have it as very fine crumbs that are great as a berley base. I also grab that last little bit of breakfast cereal that gets left in the bottom of the packet & throw that into a storage tub to be added to my berley mix. Keep the heads of any prawns you use as bait & the tails from any mulies (you can use whole prawns, mulies, squid or whatever if you like). Throw them in the blender along with about 1/2 cup of ordinary vegtable oil & mash it all up into a paste. Knead that into your bread crumb/cereal base or use the blender if it has a large enough capacity. Add in water if you need to to get the consistency that you want. Stick it in containers & freeze ready for use when you need it. Works a treat for me & can be used as a surface or sinking berley depending on the consistency & delivery method.