Solid PVA bag fishing is a huge part of my armoury and one that should never be overlooked. They hold just enough bait for a bite, they never tangle and you can fish them over a multitude of lake beds. I use them in so many situations, even for lowering into the edge because it’s stealthy and quiet.
When solid bag fishing you need to use the correct rig. I always employ an inline lead setup. I use this semi fixed when in open water scenarios and then drop-off style if its weedy.
The hooklength is rarely longer than six inches and is always tied up from a soft, supple rig material because this is low memory and doesn’t kink when folded inside the bag – key!
So here’s how to prepare one:
- Take a solid bag and fill a few millimetres with micro pellets – you don’t want anything bigger than 2/3mm.
- Place the hook bait and bit of link into the bottom, I hold the rest in my mouth.
- Continue to fill the bag up placing more and more hook length in as you go.
- Now when you get to three quarters, pop the lead in and make sure that the stem is showing.
- Grasp in your fingers, hold tight against the stem and twist, tapping it down as you go ensuring that it is mega tight.
- Finally, tie off with PVA tape.
- Push in the corners and lick and stick, again making it more aerodynamic.
They hold just enough bait for a bite, they never tangle and you can fish them over a multitude of lake beds.
What you will need to fish with solid PVA bags!
Jimmy began his angling on the river Ouse with his father fishing for roach. His passion grew quickly and soon developed a love for big-fish across the globe!
James | 3rd April 2020