If there is one tried and tested bait combination it has to be micro’s and corn, devastating for carp, skimmers and in this case tench and crucians. Team this up with the Pellet Cone and on its day, when casting at a showing fish or just laying down enough bait to entice that elusive bite can be far more productive than the more commonly used, method feeder. 

At first it can seem somewhat fiddly to use, however learn how to mix the perfect pellets along with having a couple of spare hook lengths made up, baited and already loaded in cones can become somewhat of a very fast and efficient method. Even better when crucians and tench are the quarry, mounting a small buoyant piece of corn or plastic caster/maggot, one that counter balances the weight of the hook can be as effective as any rig that’s ever been used.

If you haven’t tried this method then you are missing a trick!

Andy Blay

  1. Thread a small Quick Change Swivel onto the mainline. I use Cenex 0.16mm (5.18mm) Low Stretch Mono.

2. Thread on a Float Stop.

3. Using a six-turn Blood Knot attach a 12mm Feeder Connector Swivel.

4. Moisten the knot; pull down before positioning the Float Stop an inch above.

5. Remove around ten inches of 0.13mm Cenex Fluoro Carbon to create the hook length.

6. Form a small loop in one end.

7. Passing the hook length through the back of the eye, thread on a size 16 Sphere Beast Barbless Hook.

8. Create a short hair and trap the line against the hook.

9. Whip the hook length approximately seven times around the shank of the hook before passing the tag end, once again, through the back of the hook.

10. Moisten and tighten down.

11. Using a figure of eight overhand knot create a loop in the tag end.

12. Moisten down and tighten.

13. Ideally the length of the hook length should be around three inches.

14. Attach a small piece of plastic corn to the hair and use a bait stop to keep it in place.

15. Attach the hook length swivel to the Feeder Connector Swivel.

16. The final rig, without pellet cone mounted.

Add a cone of sticky pellets as feed to the hooklength.

The components you will need.