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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Sonu baits make an 8mm expander, if you need a firmer pellet soak them with gelatine. A plus with them is they don't need pumping just soak. They also sink when dry.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by rayner View Post
    Sonu baits make an 8mm expander, if you need a firmer pellet soak them with gelatine. A plus with them is they don't need pumping just soak. They also sink when dry.
    I hate fishing expanders on the pole as every missed bite is a ship-in and re-bait. Hard banded or drilled hard pellets on a tight hair are much more user-friendly.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Have a look on Matchman Supplies website, they do a lot of Sonu bait in 6, 8, and even 11mm, which suit an size 10 hook and good for chub. Soft hookers are soft enough to put on the hook, band, or hair rig.
    SonuBaits Bloodworm Fishmeal S-Pellets, 11mm - SSPT/BW11 - Buy Online
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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Keane View Post
    I hate fishing expanders on the pole as every missed bite is a ship-in and re-bait. Hard banded or drilled hard pellets on a tight hair are much more user-friendly.
    I understand your objection to expanders. I use them for most of my stillwater fishing and have the same experience. However I just liken it to caster fishing when a rebait every cast is mandatory. I mostly use Ringer or BaitTech expanders, which require pumping, often more than once. Recently I have been trying the Sonubait 6mm pellets and so far I can't fault them. Just soak in water for two hours and they are ready with everyone sinking. One thing I have learnt when using them is to keep them submerged in water otherwise they will crack and come off the hook. Pete
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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Another vote for the Sonu baits expert pellets, I do them as des ship recommended on his u tube video, place pellets in a small container, fill to the top with water, and place in fridge overnight.

    There available in 4 6 and 8mm, I’ve been adding some of the dynamite baits robin red oil just before I use them, after draining the water off, the roach especially seem to like this, had some decent roach on them, tried without the oil and I get more bites with it.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    I tried the sonubaits soft pellets yesterday while watching the river for sign of mullet, just free lined in the margins with a few small handfuls thrown in and not a twitch. I tried three swims that I know are good fish holding areas with plenty of small fry on top and managed two bigger chub on the fly. So, although a hot day the water was colored and a couple of fish managed but not even a tremor on the soft pellets which I fished for about an hour or more in total. Not a proper test but it signified to me its education is the problem. I am sure I would have some attention with bread in these swims as I know them well but wild river fish will not recognize them. But, I am surprised that I can with bread and sweet-corn, hardly a recognizable bait and fish will readily take them even in an un-fished river; why not nice smelling pellets? -just find that odd.
    I did stop in the bigger better stocked tackle shop locally and they sell big bags of robin red for £5. Probably last me a lifetime, the tackle bloke said they keep forever so these will suit me and I will buy some next time. I will give them a try next time on the river and on the couple of commercials I visit two or three times a year.
    Thanks for all the replies and advice.
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    Mark g, re your comment about RR pellets. I have tried most sizes but prefer the 8mm, they do soften and disintergrate, I recast every 60 mins. They are particularly good for roach and carp but I have caught tench, bream, chub and barbel on them. The 4mm and 6mm do not soften as fast as the 8mm. Good luck.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterjg View Post
    Mark g, re your comment about RR pellets. I have tried most sizes but prefer the 8mm, they do soften and disintergrate, I recast every 60 mins. They are particularly good for roach and carp but I have caught tench, bream, chub and barbel on them. The 4mm and 6mm do not soften as fast as the 8mm. Good luck.
    Thanks Peter, the sonu ones I tried were 8mm and I reckon they were just right on a 14 hook, I could also get two on with the point just showing for a bigger bait. It would be amazing if they caught mullet and eels rejected them but I doubt I would get that lucky. I will give them a go next time and take some bread as well and see what happens.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    I went to buy some red robin yesterday but they were all hard and holed for fishing hair rigged style. I really wanted something soft that would just go on the hook. I ended up buying dynamite krill based soft pellets £3.50 for a small a pot. They are red which I liked but I think they will prove a big draw for eels still, I will give them a go.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Small fish home in on soft pellets,these days most fish see pellets,some not often,but unknown fisheries are rare and our EE friends have the ability to find them all,as my recently joined club is finding,they have a website,but no directions to the three waters,yet still they get set lines,I don't understand,I had a job finding them with directions.
    Sorry OP back to topic,I do well in soft pellet,but once small fish become active I have found myself using hard pellet more and more,usually on the band,sometimes on the hair,I tend to use 6mm,8mm,10mm,but have used up to 14mms pellets,the good thing is that with such a vast range of pellets available,your choice of flavours,colours is infinite...

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