Green Fishing Masterclass with Paul Carnwell

Following on from Paul’s last tip, we thought we would see what else he can offer and find out what has lead him to his recent catches. We know from reports that he has been catching a lot of fish on the tip so we took him out for the day to find out more.

Paul says: I have had a great winter and early spring this year. Conditions meant a lot of my matches were dominated by tip fishing. Over the next few weeks I’m going to take you through a few things that will hopefully put a few more fish on the bank and keep that tip flying around.

The first thing I want to discuss with you is something I have caught an awful lot of fish on this winter, the pellet cone! This method is very simple but deadly effective, especially when things are a little tough and the fish are pressured. I was lucky enough to have a hand in the design of a brand new pellet cone tool that has been instrumental in my fishing this year. The new Garbolino Pellet Cone Press has revolutionised my fishing as it’s so easy to use.


To perfect the pellet cone you do need to prepare your pellets properly. By far my favourite pellets for this are the Bait-Tech Special ‘G’ Feed Pellets. These deep green pellets are full of rich GPS90 fishmeals and are green to the core which means they are not just dyed but manufactured specifically. These are very easy to prepare and use, the fish go daft for them too!


Simply soak the desired amount of pellets for a short period of time. Use the size of pellets to give you and accurate soak time. 2mm pellets I soak for 2 minutes before draining, 3mm I soak for 3 minutes and so on. Once drained just leave them to absorb the liquid for 20 minutes and you will have perfect cone pellets every time!


Having played with different hookbaits the rod was soon being dragged round withing minutes of the bait landing.


It isn’t just a big fish method either as F1s and skimmers all love to eat Special ‘G’ Green pellets.

3 Responses to Green Fishing Masterclass with Paul Carnwell

  1. Paul Richardson March 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Paul, Just woundering how far do you thing the soaked pellets could be cast using the Garbolino Pellet Cone Press . I like the idea of a no pva stick when i am carping.


    • Bait-Tech April 4, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      It really does depend on the preparation of the pellets. If you were to soften a standard coarse pellet then you would be limited to distance. Switch to a halibut Marine or a Special G Green pellet and these will compress very well. Just soak for a small amount of time and away you go. I can’t see there being any issues going 100yards plus with them (I have not tried this far in my own fishing though). The Special G’s and Halibut Marine pellets have a lot higher protein content making them firmer when soaked. To secure the binding even more add a small amount of Horlicks to the softened pellets and mix thoroughly. This will give you a sticking soft pellet that binds really well. Simply soften the pellets, add a tablespoon or two of the Horlicks, mix and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Match anglers use this a lot when fishing flat-bed feeders at long range with just pellets as feed.

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