Pellets are not only excellent carp baits in winter, but also catch big carp in summer. Since in many waters where I fish I am only allowed to feed during the fishing and even that should not be exaggerated I have thought about how to lure the carp to my hook bait without a feeding capagne. The solution was quite simple: dough, if carp find the hard pellets by themselves, a fast dissolving dough of pellets and some breadcrumbs must work wonders. I simply kneaded this dough around my lead on a normal fixed lead assembly. Of course, the whole thing looks a bit like a method feeder. But with this method no extra fishing equipment is necessary and I can successfully make a comfortable short seat.
Of course you can’t fish anywhere, but there should be a place that the carp will go to on their own. However, precision casts are not necessary. On the contrary, I like to cast once and deliberately do not always cast in the same spot. If I catch at a certain depth or at a certain spot I try to cast the second rod at a similar spot.
How to do it
The dough is very easy to make, especially in summer when the water temperature is high, it’s very fast and firm. In winter, however, it is worth preparing it at home. In the refrigerator it can be kept for 2-4 days without any problems, if you work with boiled water and clean fingers.
Normally my first action after reaching my fishing spot is to fill 3 mm pellets (for trout or sturgeon) into a Tupperware box or a used ice cream box. Such an ice-box with 1l volume lasts from half a day up to one day of fishing, depending on how often you cast or catch fish.
Add 2-3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs to the pellets and mix it with the pellets so that the dough binds better. Pellets also contain starch, which binds everything, so you don’t need so much. Now I fill my container with water until the pellets are just covered.
Now I set up my rods and get everything else ready. Now the pellets have 15-20 minutes time to draw and I can mix everything well. The pellet dough gets a perfect consistency after 30-40 minutes. Attention after that your hands smell quite “good” like fish for a while.
If my dough is sticky enough, I take some of it and knead it around the lead. Almost always my 20 mm Halibut pellet gets a thin layer and then becomes a 30 mm pellet. By the way, all Halibut pellets come from the same production I use pre-punched pellets from Coppens.
Any normal fixed lead assembly with a short leader is suitable for this type of fishing. In the picture below you can see an example from me. The distance from the pellet to the hook is to be chosen a little bigger, because there is still a layer of dough around the pellet.
A few tips
A few broken 20 mm pellets or a few pieces of dough thrown in with a spinner will increase the attraction even more. Just the sound of pellets falling into the water often attracts carp.
Leftover dough can also be frozen and will keep for quite a while. Just defrost it before the next fishing trip.
There is one disadvantage of the assembly: it happens more often that the carp eat the dough first and so my assembly is a little bit affected. Then the bite indicator will of course give an alarm, so you should only strike when the line runs out.