There are many ways to catch fish, many different techniques from float fishing, fly fishing, feeder and ledger. Most anglers will try a fair amount of them but recently I have been reading about “pellet waggler” fishing and recently gave it a go at my local commercial fishery, Aldercar Lane in Nottinghamshire.

The Pellet Waggler Set Up

About the float

Pellet WagglersThis particular technique is named after the type of float used, a Pellet Waggler. The Pellet Waggler float is usually a short dumpy or stubby fat float which is extremely buoyant. They are usually very light made out of high density foam or balsa wood.

Because of the float design and the high levels of buoyancy they “Pop up” really quickly, enabling the float to be sensitive to bites in a very quick time.

Like most floats they can either be pre-weighted (loaded) or un-weighted (unloaded).

The Bait

Although its called a Pellet Waggler, it’s not restricted to just fishing with carp pellets, you can use any particle bait. It’s aim is to present the bait close to the surface of the water as naturally as possible.

Bait presentation is key with this technique, ensuring that the pellet (or other particle bait) behaves and sinks as naturally as possible in the water, there is no shot or weights near the hook as this will sink the bait a lot faster in an un-natural way.

Commercial Fisheries

The reason its called a “pellet” waggler is because it was developed on commercial fisheries, where carp would usually be fed pellets when they are young. Because they were brought up on pellet, this bait is usually the most effective. This is a fantastic technique for catching a lot of fish whilst fishing commercial waters.

The Technique & Pellet Waggler Tips


Feeding / Baiting the Swim

The old saying “little and often” couldn’t be more true, when pellet waggler fishing it is very important to keep a constant stream of particle bait falling through the water. It is important to feed little and often to help attract fish into your swim.

Feeding 4-6 pellets every 60 seconds over the same spot, this will keep the fish interested and attract more and more fish into your swim. The “plop” sound the pellet’s make when they hit the water is what the fish are used to hearing when they were being reared in the commercial fisheries. Because this is second nature to them, it doesn’t spook the fish, it seems to have the opposite effect, it will attract them!

This is the secret to catching a lot of fish with this technique, regular feeding, little and often. This is the area I tend to struggle with as I forget to feed when playing a fish or when adjusting my tackle (yes you have to continue to feed regularly even when playing a fish).


The second part of the technique is the cast, it is important to cast the float over the top or slightly beyond the area you are constantly feeding. This will ensure the hook bait is falling through the water amongst the feed, and the fish will find it difficult to determine which is the hook bait.

The float landing in the water will make a similar “plop” to that of the pellets as they hit the surface, this will fool the fish into thinking you are feeding more bait into the swim, they will be searching for a quick meal and in theory pick up your hook bait.

It is really common to get a bite as soon as the float hits the water, this is why it is important that the float is set ready to go in the fastest time possible.

If you don’t get a bite or miss one its time to reel the float in, feed the swim and cast again!

This repetition of Feed and Cast is the basis for this awesome technique!

The Pellet Waggler Rig

Here is how to set up a pellet waggler rig, the pellet waggler set up has to be one of the simplest float rigs to put together, the basic setup has very few components. Here is an example of the pellet waggler rig

Pellet Waggler Rig

How To Fish The Pellet Waggler

Here are some of the best tutorial videos I have found on this technique:

Fish Caught on Pellet Waggler.