What is pellet?
Fishing pellets – is an individual granule that can serve as a nozzle or a component for a bait. They are made from different ingredients, full of protein, vitamins and all sorts of nutrients. The pellets are made of:
- protein supplements;
- meat (fish, shrimp, etc.);
- flour, etc.
How are pellets made?
There are two ways. The first one – is the extrusion. In this method, the pellet is prepared as the result of heat treatment and exposure to high-pressure. The second method is a cold press. Because of that moisture also leaves the moist mixture under the high pressure.
As for its consistency, it is very hard. If only it gets into the water as it soaks and begins to spread attractive smells and nutrients. Naturally, the fish comes to the place of fishing. Her appetite strongly increases, because she feels food, but can’t get enough.
Besides, the effectiveness of granules is explained by their unique structure. By absorbing water, the pellet gradually softens. As a result, the fish gets already diminished food. And of course, she likes it. As a result, fodder activity improves. That is why pellets are used both as a nozzle and as bait for carp.
Which pellet is suitable for carp?
There are several varieties of pellets. For example, the most popular of them all is carp and salmon pellets. As you can understand, both were created to catch and feed the fish of the family of carp or salmon. Do they have any differences? Yes, each contains components that can be good to the taste preferences of a particular fish – carp, tench or trout.
Since we are interested in carp fishing, it is worth noting that the pellet, made to catch or feed carp, almost does not contain fat. But trout is just opposite. Why? It’s simple – fats are practically not digested in the body of carp. So, this fish does not have a great need for food with a high content of fatty acids.
However, this does not mean that you can’t catch carp with trout pellets. After all, sometimes because of the high content of protein, fats and oils, it becomes an excellent way to attract. Especially in cold water, as well as in autumn or spring.
On this variety, pellets do not end. There is a classification of these granules in size. It is based on their diameter. It is customary to allocate:
Mini-pellets (diameter <1 mm). It is often used as a component. It is also actively added to PVA packages.
Small (diameter about 5 mm). It is mainly included in the composition of feed mixtures.
Medium (1-1.5 cm). It is used as a nozzle for small fish or as a point bait.
Large (diameter from 1.5 to 2.7 cm). The most effective for catching carp. On this pellet, a fish weighs from 2 to 8 kg.
Extra Large (in diameter from 3 cm). More aimed at catching trophy fish. It can be catfish and carp with a weight of 10 kg.
All listed pellet variants can be used in carp fishing. The main thing is not to forget those small granules are much more effective in the bait. And putting large pellets on a hook or “hair” is much more effective.
But that’s not all. These fishing granules can also be different in their physical properties. Therefore, it is customary to allocate pellets:
Floating (used as a pop-up nozzle for catching in the middle layers); sinking (it is used as an ordinary nozzle, which is because of its negative float stays at the bottom).
Both are suitable for carp fishing. Because of the different circumstances, the fish can peck from different depths. For example, in the heat carp often keeps close to the surface, where catching floating pellets is much more effective. While in other cases this fish tries to eat from the bottom, and the sinking granules will be a right decision.
What you need to know about catching carp with pellets
Carp fishers use bullets as a nozzle, and as bait. In this case, they are treated with attractants or soaked in first dips. Due to such liquids, pellet becomes much more attractive to carp.
Another important thing is that many fishers sometimes have problems with putting pellets on the hook. To avoid them, you need to know about what you can use to apply the bullet. It can be:
- miniature rubber bands;
- dental floss;
- the leash of thin fishing line.
Just remember, that the correct installation of such a nozzle – is the key to success. After all, if the pellet is securely fastened to the hook, then the fish can’t easily knock down or pull the granule. She has to swallow it while noting the point. As a result, the number of unoccupied bites is reduced, and there are almost no fails while catching.