Solid pva bags can give a massive edge to day-ticket water fishing and are suitable for all year round use. On many of the lakes I fish it’s an underused method, and of the few that do use them, I often see them struggle with the basic fundamentals of the set up.
For example I have witnessed people filling a solid pva bag and just threading it on the hook. If they are lucky enough to have the bag stay on during the cast, they then have the problem of the bag floating to the surface. Definitely not the ideal pva bag situation.
I’m going to explain my nine simple steps to tying a pva bag and hopefully it will be as deadly in your armoury as it is mine.
I like to use a simple set up when solid pva bag fishing, containing simply of a short lead core leader set up to drop the lead and a short four inch hook link. I favour a size ten long shank hook set up blow back style. Always bear in mind which size lead you’re using as you will be adding casting weight. I’d always opt for a small lead to avoid use of shock leaders.
I like to use a size 8 ring swivel when setting up my leaders. Try splicing your lead-core to the eye of the swivel, leaving the ring free to attach your rig. This makes your set up a lot neater and I find it ejects the lead faster. REMEMBER ALWAYS WET YOUR COMPONENTS WHEN SETTING UP.
Get your pva bag of choice and fill the bottom with your chosen bait. In this case I’m using 2mm pellets. I like to leave one corner empty.
In the empty corner I like to place my hook bait. This can aid in the rig being completely primed and ready, and reduce any chance of tangling. Solid pva bags are nearly a 100% tangle free method but anything can happen.
I then add another layer of pellets. Here I have used 6mm pellets of a different flavour, ruling out the possibility of the carp becoming fixated on one type of bait. During this process I snake my rig and set my lead in the centre of the bag. This will take a bit of practice but worth it.
I continue to add bait in my favoured way. One layer of 2mm pellets followed by a layer of 6mm pellets and so on. As my hookbait is different from my free offerings, in this case a boilie, I like to use a variety of pellet sizes, again so as not to get the carp preoccupied on one food source.
When you feel your bag is full, close the top and give the bag a shake and compress it. Make sure that it’s as tight as possible to make the bag as aero dynamic as possible. There are many ways of sealing pva bags but my preferred way is to lick the inside of the bag, then compress it together. Then lick my fingers, twist the top and hold for a few seconds to achieve the result shown.
Now, again using your fingers, push in the corners of the bag and stick them down. This makes the bag extremely stream lined and will help you reach your intended target when casting out. This step isn’t essential but it’s an added touch.
There you have it. The finished solid pva bag. A great tactic and a deadly weapon in any carp anglers armoury.
Here’s a solid pva bag caught common. Caught on the identical set up that I’ve shown you.
Get one tied up and get on it.