Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

PEL­LET size re­ally comes down to the stamp of fish you are ex­pect­ing. A good place to start is with a 6mm pel­let, as these are easy to pre­pare, can be fished with a de­cent-sized hook, and will catch fish of all sizes.

I’d use this size for fish up­wards of a pound. Re­mem­ber, though, that soft pel­lets will be eaten by just about ev­ery fish that swims, and are quite slow-sink­ing. If you start to see signs that small fish are nick­ing the bait, be pre­pared to ei­ther feed larger amounts less of­ten to en­sure it gets down, or else switch to big­ger pel­lets.

I like 8mm pel­lets be­cause they do sort out the big­ger fish, but they can be a lit­tle more of a pain to pre­pare be­cause it is more dif­fi­cult for the wa­ter to soak right through them.

I al­ways use the ‘minute-rule’ when pre­par­ing pel­lets. That is, for each mil­lime­tre of their di­am­e­ter I leave them to soak in the pel­let pump for one minute. With 8mm pel­lets an eight-minute soak is about right, but

you will find that it can take at least half-an-hour for the pel­lets to soak right through.

Smaller 3mm and 4mm pel­lets are ideal for feed, but dif­fi­cult to use on a rea­son­able hook.

They do make a use­ful bait when fish­ing for roach, though, and I fish them just as I would hemp both as feed and on the hook. These small pel­lets make a good feed, as they can be care­fully balled-in, giv­ing a tight bed of bait on the bot­tom.

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