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Catching carp during cold weather using the pellet cone

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When autumn arrives and water temperatures drop, carp will reduce their feeding considerably. If you are planning on fishing during the colder months then there's a few important things that you should consider. The carp will normally retreat to a slightly deeper parts of the lake so fishing the margins may not be quite as good as it is during the summer months. Because the carp don't eat as much during colder months, there really is no need to pile lots of food in. So forget about lots of ground bait and pellets, and put your large method feeders away until summer arrives again. However, it's always a good idea to give the carp an incentive to come to your hook bait.

Guru tackle have come up with a very nifty device called the . To be honest, there's nothing really sophisticated about the device, it simplicity in itself and it's actually very clever as it enables you to offer up a small amount of pellets right on top of your hook bait. 

You prepare your pellets in the same way you would if you are using a method feeder. However, I find that leaving the water on the pellets to soak for a bit longer ensures that when you take the pellets out of the little cone mould, they are absolutely perfect and will not disintegrate on the cast.

In order to mount the pellets that you have squeezed into the pellet cone, you have to use the needle provided to pull the hook link through the middle of the pellets. You then release the pellets from the mould and slide the whole thing down until the hook bait sits underneath.

You get three different sized cones in the pack, plus a baiting needle. When you have squeezed the pellets into the cone, you then push the needle right through the middle and gently thread the compressed pellets onto your hook link. It's important that the hook link has a loop at the end in order for you to be able to use the baiting needle. Also, I would advise that you use a quick release swivel link as well. You simply undo the quick release swivel and attach the hook link using the loop.

The Guru pellet cone is designed for colder months so I would advise just using it during this period of time. When the carp on the feed you want to be using the larger method feeders that take a lot more feed. Another thing to bear in mind is during the colder months you may have to cast around the lake to find out where the carp are. The chances are you're going to be looking for individual fish, rather than a group that are feeding in one spot. Because bites during the colder months may be sparse, you are probably better off leaving your bait out for at least half an hour at a time.

I use my normal TF gear eight-foot feeder rod when using this method because the lake I fish is quite small. I like to use Gurus micro lead clip along with their square lead when fishing this method. However, like I mentioned I use the quick release swivel rather than just a standard swivel.

I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid


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    Paul Needs Thursday, 12 January 2017

    Terrific tip!

    Further to my email, I also used to keep Oscars, along with Discus!

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