We have now seen several recent launches of a 'new' soft pellet by firms throughout Europe. I wonder if my Pellet Soup article had anything to do with it?
For those of you that have not acquainted yourself with this novel concept in pellets technology, let me just remind you of how and why they are so different to the bog standard old trout pellet.
Our SuperSoft Pellets are based on one of the best selling ingredients in our entire catalogue, Robin Red, along with its stable mates Robin Gold, Robin Orange and Robin Green. They are made by a special process that binds the ingredients together without the need for traditional pellet making techniques. The later tends to make a much harder pellet with a prolonged breakdown time, whereas the SuperSoft Pellets in this photo offer a totally new concept and approach towards fishing for carp using pellets.
Mind you, I would never suggest that traditional pellets are not deserving of their place in carp fishing as they are a perfect foil for our SuperSoft Pellets adding still further to the attraction giving off by the bait carpet. In fact traditional pellets play a big part in our day-to-day carp fishing, as this photo of a PVA mesh parcel of pellets that have been glugged in Liquid Robin Red shows.
However, I do think there is room for a softer alternative that not only breaks down faster but is also a complex food in its own right. The Robin Red & Fishmeal pellets in this photo have been in soak less than an hour but already you can see how effectively they have started to break down thus allowing their natural attraction to escape. This rapid breakdown is the cornerstone of our whole pellet philosophy and is the key to the success of our pellets in general and Pellet Soup in particular. Incidentally, you may be intrigued to know that some of the top match anglers in the country are raving about our pellets purely and simply because of their swift breakdown.
In this next photo you can see a PVA mesh parcel of Robin Orange and Smoked Paprika SuperSoft Pellets being glugged in Liquid Robin Red.
This is the same parcel after being allowed to stand for a while to allow the Liquid Robin Red to penetrate.
Now I am going to show you a very effective yet quick and easy way to create a simple Robin Red-based boiled bait that you can make by the lakeside or at home. Mix Red Factor and Robin Red at a ratio of 70% to 30% and grind down to a fine powder.
Here are the two ingredients mixed together.
Break your eggs into a bowl and add the attractors of your choice. Here I am using Geranium Essential Oil, which is the perfect compliment to the spicy notes given off by the elevated level of Robin Red - 30%! Mix in a couple of desert spoonfuls of un-ground Red Factor to add crunch and then roll into a ball of paste.
Roll out a long sausage of paste and then cut it into suitable sizes depending on the size of your boiling utensil. I prefer to use a large, deep frying pan (sauté pan). Fill the pan with boiling water then add the sausages and boil for two minutes.
Turn the cooked sausages out onto some kitchen towel to remove the initial moisture, before then laying them on a tea towel or newspaper to dry off properly. This will take 8-12 hours.
Cut the sausages to size. This will create baits with two open sides, which will allow a good exchange of water and attractors in the bait allowing them to suffuse the area with their enticing aroma.
Now create a very small PVA Mesh parcel, say the size of two joints of your little finger or two hookbaits.
There are several way of attaching a PVA mesh bag to the rig. The first is simply to hook it onto the rig by passing the hook point through the mesh.
The second method, and the one I much prefer, is to thread the PVA parcel onto their hair before adding the hookbait(s).
Look what happens the minute your pellet trap hits the lakebed. The PVA melts allowing the pellets to burst out around the hook and baits.
Two hours later and see how the pellets have almost completely broken down. Most of the attraction has been released and has dispersed along the lakebed and around the bait carpet drawing attention to the hookbait.
Don't be a stick in the mud with the same old pellets. Give something new and radical such as our SuperSoft Pellets a try. I know you won't be disappointed. I have certainly been delighted with the results I have achieved while testing the prototypes and then using the finished product. This le Queroy cracker shows why!