Lawrence East Solid PVA Bag Method.
Lawrence East explains why his go to method for catch carp all year round is Solid PVA Bags! Giving you all his top tips for Solid Bag success!
During the winter period many anglers think they have to chop and change between their tactics and often scale everything down in order to catch a winter carp, for me this couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a creature of habit and if you're anything like me once you find something that works, well... if isn't broken don't fix it! So my 'go-to' method at any time of year is 'Solid PVA Bag' fishing. There are many reasons why I religiously use this method, from being able to present a hookbait in most fishing situations through to the versatility of using single bags or fishing over bait.
During the winter period quiet often all that is needed is that small parcel of food delivered on a plate to the carp and in most situations, it can be irresistible. I like to pump my bags full of colour and attraction so they send of different signals through the water column constantly working the spot for me. To start my bags off I'll always add a small scoop of Essential Cell or the Activated Hemp Groundbait. This not only stops the lead penetrating through the bag during the cast, but the dry mix will work its way up through the water column to the surface once the bag explodes - hopefully creating a scent trail for the carp to follow down to the lakebed and position of my hookbait!
Next, I add some of the 'Spod & PVA Pellet Mix', which is a combination of several different sized pellets. The pellets themselves are the perfect size for creating tight, super-compact solid bags and with having a mixture of pellets also means that you will get different break down rates - giving you loads of different food signals for the carp over longer periods.
Maggots, I couldn't cast a bag out during the colder months without a scoop full of the little grubs. I tend to use white maggots at this time of the year just to add some colour to my bag and have them alive giving the spot some movement to hopefully entice the carp to feed. To finish my presentation off I inject the bag with one of Mainline's Liquid Additives whether that be Hemp Oil, Meta Mino or Multi Stim. By doing this you're giving your bag maximum attraction! The result is a small parcel of food that's visual, has some movement and provides a trail of liquid attraction leaking from the spot - perfect for a winter bite in my opinion.