Top 5 Solid PVA Bag Tips

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Top 5 Solid PVA Bag Tips

Speed is a great aspect of solid PVA bag fishing. Making up a load of these bait bags will serve you well a night before a session and certainly provide a carpet of bait that carp cannot refuse. PVA is the ultimate confidence in a bag for all carp anglers!

What is PVA?

Poly-Vinyl Alcohol, otherwise known as PVA is a water-soluble substance that can be made into solid sheets, tape and string or woven to create a mesh-type stocking. For fishing, PVA is great as once it dissolves, it leaves a neat pile of bait around your hook.

Why Use Solid PVA for Angling?

PVA is usually a product associated with the big carp scene, but when used correctly it can be equally effective for smaller commercial carp. It’s especially good in the cooler months when you’re trying to catch one fish at a time, it’s also brilliant on hard days when you really want to or need to, chop and change baits.

Check out the video below for more information on Carp Angling with PVA bags below.



Attraction as well as a safely presented rig regardless of where its cast, the solid PVA bag is certainly a deadly method for all sizes of carp and on all waters. The following tips will help you make the most from this epic tactic:

1. The Size of the PVA Bag is Important

Make sure your bag contents have lots of smaller items such as salmon fry crumb and micro pellets. These not only keep fish grubbing around your hook bait for longer but also allow you to pack the bag content down into a solid capsule that is very aerodynamic and casts well over 100yards with the right tackle.


2. Preparation of your Bait Bags is Key

Use prettied short leadcore (or fluorocarbon) leaders with your rigs so that you can tie loads of bags at home and then just loop to loop them on your mainline when you’re on the bank. You can literally have 100’s of these bags prettied and ready to rock and roll when you reach your venue, great for overnighters. This will save you messing around tying bags on the bank and allow you to maximise bite time and not waste valuable time. In addition, make sure your hookbaits are plastic otherwise pop-ups can shrink and increase buoyancy if left in ready-tied in bags for long periods.



3. Added Boost

Get yourself a syringe (please make sure you are careful) and a selection of oils, goo’s and any other PVA friendly liquid and inject this into you solid PVA bag before casting it in. This will increase the pulling power of your bag and give you a liquid attractor as well as the food items and hookbait in your bag.


4. Keep the Rig Length Short 

Keep the length of the rig inside the bag between 3-5inches and ensure you use a supple braid as the hooklength material. As fish are not moving far and feeding close to the lead the short hook length wallows a greater chance for the fish to be hooked.

Also, due to the hooklength being crumpled up in the finished bag this won’t affect the presentation of a soft supply braid whereas with a mono hooklength it will kink it. In addition, always use an inline lead in a PVA bag, this increases the hooking and casting potential of your rig.

View How To Tie A Simple Solid PVA Bag in the ADTV video below.



5. Buoyancy of PVA Bags

Typically, a small pop up (12mm) or a critically balanced wafter hookbait are great choices when using a solid bag. With a small pile of pellets and feed, your business end is very light and responsive when fish move into feed on them so it makes sense that your hookbait is the same. This will result in the fish treating the hookbait with less suspicion.



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We hope you found these top tips useful! For more PVA know-how, visit the AD blog or head on over the Angling Direct's Youtube for more ways to make the most of PVA in your fishing. Remember to share your success with Solid PVA bags with us on our social media!

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