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BAIT BANDS HOOK­BAITS PEL­LET WAG­GLER STRONG LINE

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.

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