How to tie a solid PVA bag

Firstly I’m going to start with the rig; it’s not too complicated but I would suggest you  use in-line leads for the rig to be more effective, rather than a lead clip set up or helicopter set up, because you want the heaviest end of the lead to bed the hook in the carps mouth.

The components you will need to tie this rig with are:

  • Nash fang twister size 10
  • Fox micro rig rings,
  • TFG putty,
  • Korda shrink tube
  • Korda supernatural 18lb
  • Nash Triggalink

Rig Tieing components

Any other braided material, hook, putty, can be used in this rig, but Nash Triggalink is a must as it is the only stretchy braid on the market that I know of, and is what makes the rig so effective. When the fish picks up your hook bait and feels the weight of the lead, the carp will try and drop the hook – but the stretchiness of the Triggalink will act as a shock absorber and will reduce the chance of the hook pulling.

To tie the rig, you start by cutting off 4 inches of korda 18lb supernatural braid, then tie a hair for your chosen bait and place your bait on the hair. In this case I’m using Celtic baits 14mm Le Crunch boilie tipped with a bit of pink fake corn.

Once this is done, slide on a fox micro rig ring, followed by the Nash fang twister. Do a overhand knot to secure the rig ring in place, then do a knot-less knot; I tend to do 5 to 7 turns up the shank of the hook.

Cut off 6 inches of Nash Triggalink, then grab the tag end of the korda supernatural braid and  tie them together by using a double grinner knot, making a combi rig. Cut off the tag ends to neaten up the rig, then slide a bit of korda shrink tube up the braid to your hook. Tie on your swivel before steaming the shrink tubing,  as the Triggalink will retract when it comes in contact with water and make it difficult to tie it to the swivel.

Your rig is nearly complete, but the Triggalink has poor camouflage. This can be overcome by grabbing a bit of TFG putty and rubbing it up and down the Triggalink, this will make it darker in colour and also give it some weight to keep it to the deck (so making it harder for the carp to detect).

Completed Rig

Solid PVA Bagging

I’ve been messing around with this a lot recently, especially in France, and caught some nice fish whilst using this tactic.

The components you will need are:

PVA Bag Components

My preferred size of PVA bags are 70mm x 200mm; these may seem big, but I prefer them as they give me enough material to work with.

Grab a PVA bag then start filling it. I tend to fill about half an inch to an inch of bait, with a mix of ground-bait, boilie crumb micro pellet (the smaller the baits the  tighter the bag).

Mask your hook with a bit of PVA foam, so your hook won’t get any bait on the point whilst filling your PVA bag.

Hook masked

Next, push your hook-bait down the side of the bag and hold up the lead; continue filling the bag until you get halfway up your rig, then pack it down and place your lead in the bag. Continue to fill and pack until you’re happy with the size of the bag.

The reason I like to use big bag is because it can be fiddly using small bags and tying the bags tight. Firstly spilt the seams down the side of the bag, then do one overhand knot on one side of the TFG leader and another overhand on the other side. One more again on the other side, pull down tight, and cut the tag ends to tidy up the bag and make it as aerodynamic as you can.

Final bag and rig

Perform what I call a ‘lick and stick’; lick and stick the edges of the bag and fold them in tidily so you can cast the bag in a straight line and long distances if needed.

One of the carp caught in France with solid PVA bags (34lb 6oz)

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at dan@celticbait.com, or visit www.celticbait.com.

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