ONE of my favourite baits, especially when I need the reassurance of a tougher bait, is a jelly pellet – this is a pumped bait infused with gelatine or actual jelly.
This is useful if you are fishing pellets on the waggler, or trotting them down a river for chub and barbel. I’ve used them on the Method feeder too for big crucians and tench, as they can be carefully hair-rigged to give a very attractive bait.
Gelatine is the best additive when making jelly pellets as it has little smell or taste, so you can add your own attractors and know that they will stand out. I like to add a few drops of Monster Crab flavour to the pellets, especially now, when fish really seem to turn on to it.
Whether you prefer to use them super-soft, or a bit tougher, expanders offer loads of benefits.
Over the next few weeks they will come into their own as the fishing becomes a little tougher and give you a definite edge.