Pellets have certainly increased in popularity over the last decade as they catch small & large fish due to their various sizes, which range from micro feed pellets of no more than 1mm to gigantic halibut pellets over 20mm. They are also very easy to hook & very easy to catapult /throw at distance with a high degree of accuracy.

Pellets also come in many different flavours, many of which have been designed primarily to catch barbel & carp.

Pellet Types

Flavoured Pellets are produced by all the large bait companies and there is a vast array of different flavours, all designed to catch specific fish. They can be either fishy in flavour or seriously sweet depending on the flavour chosen - best used on hard fished waters where you want to offer a new flavour to the fish.

Carp Pellets have little or no concentrations of oil meal which makes them ideal for venues where regular high oil pellets such as trout & halibut have been banned.

Expander Pellets are tough floating pellets which need to be processed within a pellet pump in order to soften them for use on the hook or as loose feed - these pellets can also be flavoured during the process of preparation.

Halibut Pellets & Trout Pellets are high oil pellets packed with nutritious fish meal which fish adore, they come in many different sizes which can be used either broken down in grounbaits, stick/bag mixes or drilled out and used on a hair rig.

Micro Feed Pellets are similar to carp pellets as they have a low or no concentrations of oil and are typically around 1 or 2mm in size. They are designed to be soaked and then moulded around flatbed feeders or used as loose feed in pole pots.

How To Hook

Hooker pellet on the hook

Banded pellet

Hair rigged pellets

How To Load A Pellet Feeder

Pellet feeders are flat bed feeders designed in such a way that small feed pellets can be moulded around a hook bait to ensure a parcel of feed is always in close proximity to the hook. They are a great way to catch fish on many of today's commercial venues and account for large bags of small to medium sized carp in many matches.

Pour 1mm or 2mm feed pellets into a bait box. Pour just enough water to soak & leave for 2 minutes - any liquid flavourings should added at this point.

Pour just enough water to soak & leave for 2 minutes - any liquid flavourings should added at this point. You should now be left with fluffy pellets which can stay together when squeezed - If they do not hold firm when squeezed, too much water will have been added, to counteract this, just add a dusting of groundbait to help them bind.

Place the hook bait within the feeder mould and cover the hook bait with feed pellets.

Press the feeder firmly into the mould to bind the pellets to the feeder, once removed from the mould, you will now have pellets tightly packed around the feeder with your hook bait buried within.

How To Use A Pellet Pump

Expander pellets out of the packet are hard to touch & very buoyant, in order to soften them & make them sink a pellet pump is needed.

Pour water over pellets in the pump tub - any additional flavours should be added at this point. Fix the lid, push the pump in place and pump around 10 times - the air is now removed from the pellets.

Push down on the air valve to release pressure, the pellets should now sink to the bottom - if the pellets do not sink pump a few more times. Once finished the pellets can either be used on the hook or as loose feed.