How to Make your Own Jelly Pellets

By Ant Wood

Jelly Pellets are a fantastic bait and have the advantage over normal expander pellets that they are firmer and will stay on the hook a lot better.  I will show you in this article how simple and easy it is to make your own Jelly Pellets.  The thing I would like to point out though is that there are several different quality expander pellets  out there, you can use this guide using any quality pellet, however I would recommend using Bait-Tech’s Xpand Hook & Feed Pellets As these are good quality pellets and are not expensive at around £3 for a bag.

You will need the following in order to make your Jelly Pellets… Gelatine, pellet pump, expander pellets,flavouring and water to make the Jelly.

As Gelatine is fairly cheap I tend to make more than I need to make sure there is enough to soak the pellets But if you want to work it out exactly you will need enough mixture to fill half of your chosen pellet pump.

The first step of making your Jelly Pellets is to fill your pellet pump a quarter full with dry expander pellets and set to one side.  Now you will need to make up your Jelly as per the instructions on the Gelatine packet (try to make up about a pint), once all of the Gelatine crystals have dissolved add 5ml of your chosen flavouring and stir it in.  If you wish to you can add 20ml of food colouring at this point as well.

Next you need to pour your jelly mix into the pellet pump over the dry expanders, fill it to half way full, put the lid on and then pump until it is really hard to push the pump down.  Leave it like this for 10 seconds, then pull the valve that releases the pressure if you have done it right most if not all of the pellets will sink to the bottom of the liquid.

Lastly you will need to put all of the pellets onto a flat plate or baking tray and leave in the fridge overnight to set.  You should find when you take them out the next day you have some nice firm Jelly Pellets, as with normal expanders hook them through the side and roll them onto your hook.

As a quick method, if you prefer to you can use a normal jelly mix such as Strawberry, Orange or any other flavours that these mixes come in, then you just make the mix and repeat the process from pouring over the pellets and pumping them.

5 Responses to How to Make your Own Jelly Pellets

  1. paul astbury July 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    i have just seen the new DVD bait-tech dvd-1 showing the new ground baits:
    kult carp 2kg bag sweet fishmeal
    omen bream.
    special g green and gold
    karma method mix
    and n-tice meaty mix groundbait
    n-tice meat
    strawberry meat
    n-tice meat pollony
    I have searched all over the web and can only find a few items here and there is there one site where i can order the whole range please i would love the meat and the n-tice meaty mix ground bait and the kult carp sweet fishmeal but cant find them please help

    • Bait-Tech July 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Paul

      Our products are generally available at your local tackle shop – if they have Bait-Tech products they should have access to the whole range – just ask them to get the products in.

      We currently don’t sell online but there are quite a few organisations that do – keep searching.

      Don’t forget to submit a catch report to us when you catch!

  2. len jackson August 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Hi i found jelly baits good for carp fishing will make some more for my mates to try out thanks .

  3. shaun March 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I’m originally from UK, but now live in Australia, due to quarantine laws here we aren’t allowed or able to bring pellets or bait from UK, so we have to make do with what is available locally.
    The local pellets are relatively okay when pumped with gelatine, but our problems begin with the temperatures ‘even in a cool box’ the gelatine melts and the pellets become mush in a few hours..

    I wonder if there is a ingredient/product out there, say a gum or latex type product, or something that’s in the manufacture of the ‘shop bought’ soft hook pellets that isn’t susceptible to the heat.

    Any assistance would be hugely appreciated


    • Anthony Wood March 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Shaun,

      I think it’s available in Australia, if you look up a product called “Agar-Agar” it is a vegetarian substitute for gelatine and is a lot more heat resistant. This may solve your problem for you, to use it use exactly as you would the gelatine.


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