My Way With The Pellet Waggler

By Alan Gallagher


Competitive pellet waggler fishing is about discipline, if you are not willing to work hard then this is not the method for you. However , if you posses the right attitude the pellet waggler can be devastating. For me it is right up there with any of the big weight methods and works so well because it exploits the fishes natural behaviour. What you are trying to create is competition,when the carp are trying to beat each other to the next falling pellet the fight for food dominates natural caution and they become easer to catch.




Delivering the feed is a  fundamental part of P W fishing, by controlling the feed you control the carps behaviour. By catapulting pellets you are making a splash that to the carp screams food and will draw them in. So capitalise on this trait by fishing in open water so the fish can approach from all directions, I also feed heavier at the start to draw as many carp into a confined space that I control as possible. When the carp first arrive there are plenty of pellets falling and the few carp that are present they have time to pick and choose what they are eating as it descends through the water column. Now by feeding less pellets into the same space the carp have to compete to reach the pellet before another. This brings them shallow as they look up to see and intercept the pellets first.



Now that you have the fish where you want them its about finding the correct way to present your hook bait in  amongst the mix. Here are some little tips to aid you in this . Use a bait band for speed mounted on a hair so the pellet sits just under the bend of the hook. This way the bait will have movement to aid in a natural looking bait whilst leaving the hook point exposed to achieve a good hook hold. Feathering your cast and stopping it above the water where you are feeding will ensure that your hook bait will land past your float reducing tangles and keeping the rig sensitive. It also slaps the float on the surface extenuating the stimulant of sound and lessons the depth the float dives on entering the water spooking less fish.



I don’t see the flavour of the pellets to have any advantage in this method as you are looking for a recreational response to instinct , sound and sight. I do think that there is advantage in choosing the right pellet and I use carp pellets for their uniformed shape, cost and buoyancy. The low oil content makes them less dense making the catapult less distance but does make them sink slower giving the optimal amount of time for them to be eaten.



The Rig

The rig that you use must be simple but over all strong. Your float choice will be determined by distance and wind conditions. Your float must be stable enough to allow a straight fall to the hook bait and not be dragged sideways by water tow. The weight of the float can make accuracy much more achievable in that you can reach where you are feeding with ease allowing you to concentrate on direction and not power. I have confidence in the pr36 range of hooks and match a 6mm pellet to a size 18 and a 8mm to a size 16. The float is mounted on a running snap swivel held in place between grippa stops, the float is free to fold on the strike and will help you hit more bites.



Getting a good rhythm is paramount and I follow this as I guide.

Feed: Catapult your pellets into your swim, firing them slightly up wards will make a bit more noise and give you a great spread.

Cast: Aim directly for the rings created by the pellets splash and feather the line to slap the float on water and begin counting in your head imagining the pellet falling until it is just hanging.

Feed: I feed again in the same way as before but aim to land the pellets two reel turns shot of the float.

Move: Two quick turns of the reel will pull the float into the newly fed pellets and lifts your hook bait starting its fall again in amongst the free offerings. I once again count down the pellets decent before repeating the process again building up a rhythm. Its hard work but If you can master it it will win you matches.




Practice makes Perfect  

I have chosen to fish spinney lake at Dents of Hilgay. In front of me is an island at about 35 yards which has a protruding tree that will hold fish.

Around the island is a shallow ledge that drops off to 15 feet  and means that when the fish move along their patrol route around the island they reach my swim shallow by default. I also don’t fish to the point of the island but out in open water off of this so I can attract in more carp.

For several casts I receive no indication so I up the feed amount and the carp arrive. I am looking down reaching for my catty when the rod tip rips around and after a spirited battle the carp is in the net.

Bites soon dry up but by careful feeding and casting a bit further keeps me in touch with the fish.

I fished for around 3 .5 hours and had over 120lb so if done correctly this method could have you collecting some brown envelopes. 

All the best

Alan Gallagher




Alan Gallagher is sponsored by Miracle Baits.


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