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There’s not much to say about a hard pellet, and the only thing that can be done to it to give the carp something different is to change the colour. Some bait manufacturers sell white, red and green hard pellets but you can take matters into your own hands, get some food colouring and produce all sorts of baits. How successful they will be is up to you. Pellet size can also trigger a switch with the fish, so if you’re not catching on an 8mm pellet, slip a smaller 4mm bait on the hook and see if that makes a difference. Drilling out a hard pellet is fiddly and timeconsuming, but a latex bait band makes using pellets so much easier. Buy a range of sizes and take note of which diameter pellet they suit and then use accordingly. The band can be tied on to the hair or fitted inside a loop that makes up the hair. Like wagglers for fishing on rivers, there are many different types of pellet waggler on the market, made from different materials – some loaded, some with inserts and some short and stumpy. To begin with, go for a loaded balsa model with a thick domed top with around 10g-15g of loading, which will allow you to cast a reasonably long way. Not shot is needed, but you may need to buy a special pellet waggler adaptor. These are available in tackle shops. Fishing the pellet wag is no place for weak line, as the constant casting of the rig and playing of big carp, plus the savage takes you can sometimes get, need stout stuff. Around 8lb line will do the job but it needs to be relatively tough.