Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

Pro­duc­ing pel­lets for the cone is a lit­tle more tricky than a PVA stick, but the ben­e­fit is that they will start to break down faster and are a lot eas­ier to use on rainy days. Small pel­lets (3mm be­ing the ideal size) are what I use for the cone, soak­ing these for three min­utes in flavoured water, be­fore drain­ing off any ex­cess. Af­ter 20 min­utes the pel­lets will be soft all the way through and will stick to­gether when com­pressed.

I use a Stick Nee­dle to pull the hook­length through the pel­lets be­fore re­mov­ing them from the cone. This helps to hold the bait to­gether.

Pull the hook into the pel­lets, be­ing sure not to mask the hook­point.

Be­cause they are only loosely held to­gether, the pel­let cone is best used in shal­lower swims. I like this tac­tic in depths of up to about 6ft.

Above this I switch to a PVA stick, as this won’t break down on the drop, keep­ing the bait nice and tight.

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