Guru has launched the first specifically-designed Pellet Cones to be available here on-line or over the shop counter. The new products have been crafted by commercial masters Steve Ringer and Alex Bones and come in a blister pack that contains small, medium and large-sized cones. There is also a fine baiting needle for pulling your hooklength material through the loaded cone.
For those unfamiliar with the method, you squeeze soaked pellets into a conical-shaped mould and then pull your hooklength through the bait so that the mass of pellets sits on your hook in a small, aerodynamic group. Then you simply clip the hooklength to your rig and cast out. Guru's new Pellet Cones have been specifically created to make the whole process as easy as possible. They are made from a special non-stick plastic, which means that the stack of pellets can easily be released from the mould, and they are easy to load thanks to a special thumb grip on either side. Guru advises that you use pre-softened pellets between 1mm and 3mm in size.
Alternatively, you can use groundbait, which offers high attraction with limited feed. It's a great tactic in winter or clear water when used in conjunction with a straight lead as you get a perfectly presented pile of bait surrounding your hook. Other advantages over a feeder are that there isn't a plastic body lying on the bottom that may spook wary fish. And you can get away with heavy leads, meaning you can cast a long way.