CONE FOR SHALLOWER WATER
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.