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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    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...
    So the robin red have to be banded as they are hard. i have no idea how this works? What size for 8mm robin reds, how much, how do you put them on? Do they sink?

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    The hard feed pellets(I don't use robin red,but they are hard pellets)sink,or should(another reason to shop around as some say they sink but dont,even after damping down),most of my fishing is done with 6/8 pellets,but I have plastic containers with 2/4/6/8mms carp pellets as it covers a lot of options,you can band them,you can hair rig them,you can hair rig a band and mount them like that,I use a ringers banding tool(which floats),which opens the band,which can be fiddly if you don't use one,most times I simply hook the band,I use drennan medium,but there are loads to choose from,the beauty of all this is you can take say a pint and a half of pellet in a sealed plastic container and have a change bait,feed and hookbait,they don't always work,but what does....

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    The hard feed pellets(I don't use robin red,but they are hard pellets)sink,or should(another reason to shop around as some say they sink but dont,even after damping down),most of my fishing is done with 6/8 pellets,but I have plastic containers with 2/4/6/8mms carp pellets as it covers a lot of options,you can band them,you can hair rig them,you can hair rig a band and mount them like that,I use a ringers banding tool(which floats),which opens the band,which can be fiddly if you don't use one,most times I simply hook the band,I use drennan medium,but there are loads to choose from,the beauty of all this is you can take say a pint and a half of pellet in a sealed plastic container and have a change bait,feed and hookbait,they don't always work,but what does....
    Ok thanks Whit, although starting to look like I need a grade 2 nvq and I was trying to avoid that; it all used to be so simple. Still I might go later and drop in the tackle shop and see if I can get to the bottom of it all. Some red robin, some bands and something to put them on. I might get some scuba gear and a harpoon gun while I am there, might as well.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    As far as i know Robin red pellets in 8, 10/11, 13 mm sizes are all pre drilled to accommodate a push stop or a hair to which you attach a baitstop. I sometimes use a piece of fake corn or maggot as a pull stop on larger pellets.

    This brings me to the quality of some pre drilled pellets which break in two when a push stop is used or where the hole is tiny and needs a rebore. Some of the pellets off eBay are like this and and even proprietary brands tend to " heal up" over time as the pellets dry out and shrink.

    I took a pack of 8mm cheesy garlic pellets back as they were all like that .
    Last edited by mikench; 15-07-2019 at 10:12.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Years ago I used to buy my pellets direct from a firm called Trow Aquaculture near Preston. All 4mm halibut that I put directly into a feeder with hemp for Barbel.
    Others were a light brown variety who's name escapes me that I prepped with boiling water, an orange food dye and a spoonful of salt.I used these for hookbait and they were about the most successful BB bait I ever used in non flooded conditions.
    The firm I believe has either stopped trading or been taken over .
    At the moment I'm playing around with some Screttings pellets where after scalding I'm using as a paste for roach. Nothing conclusive yet but as "pellets" they seem fine.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    even proprietary brands tend to " heal up" over time as the pellets dry out and shrink.
    I use mainly halibut pellets in various sizes and if they start to dry out, I just give them a squirt of Dynamite Liquid Halibut Pellet, shake them up a bit and leave them overnight before use. This "freshens them up" quite effectively.

    Referring back to an earlier post about how poachers find out-of-the-way waters, Google Maps (satellite view and street view) has made this very simple - just look for watery patches and zoom in on them...

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Indeed,I was going to mention that,but thought I had been off topic long enough,lol...

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    Also posted on the HDYGO thread so ignore if already read.
    I did not make the tackle shop yesterday so no robin reds. I did use the two types I already had red and black colored krill type soft baits. Fished bread but baited a bit further out with these and not a touch on them but fair enough only one roach on the bread. Later I moved swims where there were loads of small fry, looked like chub, nothing on the bottom so I fished shallow with the soft baits, the chub fry were very interested, the float bobbed away but no fish. I thought some of them were big enough to swallow a soft pellet but they would not take it fully but neither would them the bread. They were definitely more interested in the black sonubait ones though than the red ones I had, I thought it would have been the other way round as the red ones went softer in the water.
    I am now thinking some natural flavoured soft pellets might go better in the river and the only ones mentioned so far are bloodworm flavor.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    You were up early Mark.

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    Default Re: What is the best all round pellet?

    I believe that many pellets are attractive to fish,they don't have to be mega smelly,others have no attractiveness at all,sonubaits bloodworm ,which are cherry red are very good,but as I say,I'm using G&M growers carp pellets,which are cheap,with no discernable fishy smell,but are attractive to fish,happy days....
    Last edited by whitty; 16-07-2019 at 17:06.

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