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Robin Red & Garlic Pellets: do they live up to the hype?

Monday, 6th October 2014

We asked Adam Roots to put our new Robin Red & Garlic High Attract Pellets through their paces, and here’s how he got on…
Ok where to start?

…I have been doing a variety of different types of carping lately; well I guess I have fished three totally different venues, either on a twenty four hour session basis or a short day trip where mobility and visual awareness is paramount…

The [Robin Red & Garlic] Pellets: after work and with time a bit tight I took the pellet, the garlic version in this case to my own little venue. The idea was to fish the margins and put the pellet in by hand and fish one of the prototype base mixes glugged in the LRR (Liquid Robin Red) with a minimum of 2/3ml of Nutrabaits Cranberry added to the liquid glug... I have found that this hardens the hookbaits really well too...The other rod [trap] was fished tight to the tree canopy a known patrol route.....the other and third rod was positioned in the open water, an area that does not seem to give me many takes...BUT on this trip I brought with me a new toy [for me] one of those mini spombs..The idea being to see if the pellet would give me more action than the rod on the established patrol route...

Here`s what transpired...
 
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When I fished the margins, there is a prominent spot there; it’s actually a kingfisher stop off post. The carp seem to be concentrated around this spot especially in the morning… Placing the baited trap by hand, carefully lowering the rod, pulling some line off the spool of my reel I placed the rod on the alarm quietly as I could trying not to make any sound what so ever ...then I walked back to the `post` and deposited two or three large handfuls off the Garlic pellet right over the hook bait..I have found it best to lightly dampen the pellet at first to make it sink quickly......now as mentioned this area is known by me as a morning takes only spot and as this was mid afternoon I was not expecting much...I did however keep an eye on the spot looking to see any activity; fizzing or bottom debris disturbed etc......

As I couldn`t see any signs I carried on setting up for the session.....`beep beeeep`....a take!!.....I was a bit surprised and my reaction a little slow. And after a right ol’ tussle which the carp almost won after heading for the massive bank of lily pads that I planted many years ago..., a lovely born in the lake Golden koi/cross was safely landed.....ok, not the biggest in the lake but a beautiful creature glistening in the sunlight...Then it got a bit busy, as I ended up having another four takes whilst trying to set up the other two rods...

The open water rod was carefully positioned for night time recasting by noting a large gap in the weathered moorland trees...I have this mini spomb, a new thing for me, so thought I`d give it a whirl..............what I didn't want to do is carry around another rod so putting my thinking cap on devised a way of clipping the mini spomb straight to my size eight swivel via one of those running lead clips you can buy....Six casts later with the mini spomb dampened Garlic pellets a little area in the open water area was created....

It was by now getting into the late evening, the period just before total darkness, and boy does this place get dark as there is no light pollution at all...

things were about to change however and around an hour into darkness I had my first take a lovely common...things continued this way for around three more takes ...then the action died off .....

So, what I learned was that the pellet made a difference that was for sure, it definitely evoked a feeding response that probably otherwise wouldn`t have happened, so I was pleased and confident with the Garlic pellet as a whole....I would buy these and use with confidence..

The third rod I mentioned, the one by the island tree canopy, this one area is always good for a take or more, I just had the one fish off this area.....it was just a single glugged LRR hookbait with a few freebies...
 
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