Carp Fishing PVA Bag Rig and Lead Set-Up

Carp Fishing PVA Bag Rig and Lead Set-Up


Well you join me today down one of er Ringwood
and District Angling Clubs venues. It’s the middle of February, so it’s still very cold
despite the fact that it’s a beautiful day today. We’ve come down with the chance of
hopefully nicking a bite or two for the cameras today. But also more importantly to talk about
one of my favourite tactics at this time of year and favourite rig presentations. That
being the solid PVA bag. I find it’s a great tactic at this time of the year through the
winter and into the Spring just as the fish are starting to wake up. Reason being it offers
just that mouthful of food but also the added attraction erm from that extra bit of food
content in the solid PVA bag rather than just a single hook bait. It also is good from the
perspective that I can turn up I can cast them at showing fish and I’m pretty much sure that
they’re going to be presented over any bottom. Erm the rig that I like to use for this has always
incorporated the Mugga’s. I find they’re a really great pattern of hook but I’ve always
had to use a small amount of shrink tube or a Hook Aligner just to help kick that hook
a little bit further the angle as it exits. Now with the new addition of the Rigga CVR
hooks in the range that completely eliminates having to use any of this and the rig I’ve
been using today is really nice and simple but really effective and one that I’ve got
a lot of confidence in. To start with I’ve got a leadcore leader I’m using about two
or three foot of the 35lb Camflex Leadcore. Onto that I’ve got a size 8 ring swivel and
the leadcore’s attached to the big ring of the ring swivel because on today’s instance
I’m actually fishing with the lead to drop off. The reason for that is I’ve actually
got a bar half way out to the spot that I’m fishing that comes up very high, so I need
to try and drop the lead quickly to help the fish hopefully come up in the water so I can
bring it back over the bar without being cut off. Now in a normal fishing situation if
the bar wasn’t there I would not use that in a drop off fashion. I feel there’s no need
to drop the lead unless it’s absolute necessary. A lot of people do it all the time now as
normal practice and I don’t think it can be a good thing over a built up period of time
with all these leads going into the lake, so only do it if absolutely necessary. I’ve
then got a tail rubber cut down erm just half the size that it normally is cutting the thinner
end off and that’s pushed down over to the Drop Out Lead Insert that’s inside the lead.
That just helps the lead to release a lot quicker once the hook link has tensioned under
the pressure of a fish picking up the bait. Next up the rig itself. My favourite materiel
for solid PVA bags would be the Trickster Heavy and I’m using it in 25lb. It’s a real
nice supple materiel that folds down very nicely into the solid PVA bag. The hook as
I said I used to use the Mugga’s but now I’ve moved onto using the Rigga range CVR hooks
there very similar when you look at them but the difference is they eye has a bit more
of an angle on it and it’s slightly extended compared to the Mugga. And that eliminates
any need to use any shrink tubing or a Hook Aligner as I’ve said. So to tie that rig all
I would do is start by making a small loop for the hair stop on the end of the Trickster
Heavy. Once I’ve done that I’m going to take my bait normally a 12 or a 14mm pop up and
I’m going to thread that onto the er piece of Trickster Heavy and secure it in place
using a bait stop. Next up we take a large Covert Rig Ring thread that down the Trickster
Heavy and tie it in place with two overhand knots, so it’s not going to slip and that’s
always just a few mil below the hookbait. I want it quite tight to that ring so the bait
isn’t really far separation from the hook I want it nice and close to the back of the
hook once the rigs finished. Next up we take our hook, I like to use the size 8’s for all of
my solid bag fishing. I find they’re the perfect size, they fit neatly inside of the bag and
they’re not too obtrusive, so the size 8 CVR is up next and we thread the point of the
hook through the rig ring and then obviously the Trickster Heavy through the back of the
eye. All we need to do then to secure the hook is a simple knotless knot using about
eight whippings up the back of the hook. And that is pretty much the finished rig. Once that’s
done I tie a big loop at the other end so I can loop it on and off that size 8 ring
swivel nice and easily if I do get a fish or I need to change my rig. It’s finished
at about 4 inches I would say. You want to keep it nice and short inside the solid PVA
bag, so that when the fish you know does pick up the hookbait it’s feeling the weight of
that lead very very quickly. The hooks as well they are super super sharp the new range
of hooks straight out of the packet and er they’ve caught me plenty of fish already.
So, if you’re looking to try a new rig for a quick bite at this time of the year I can
highly recommend using the PVA bags in-conjunction with those new Rigga hooks. Get out and give it
a go and hopefully it put a few more fish on the bank for you.

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