HOW TO: Use solid PVA bags for long range fishing 

By Ian Gemson

Solid PVA bags are excellent for getting a wide verity of baits and liquids out into the swim with your hook bait. However, when fishing at range, PVA bags can be problematic. The first problem is making a solid bag tight and aerodynamic such that it flies straight and true. The second is ensuring the bag is strong enough to withstand the cast and landing in the water as well as melting quickly enough once on the lake bed

The Fishing Bag Company makes a PVA distance bag that overcomes all of these problems. Lets have a look at how to use PVA distance bags.

Picture of 3 PVA Sizes3 different sizes of long distance PVA bags

What you need..

Three sizes of bags are available. 

Here we have the small and medium size conical distance bags. 

Notice the card liner in the bag - this helps support and hold the bag open whilst we are loading the bag with our bait in this case pellets.


Image shows bait passes PVA bagsHow to position the hook through PVA bags for improved casting distance

Step 1

Pass your baited hook through the hole in the bottom of the distance bag.

Picture shows lead weight mounted in bagHow to mount the lead weight in PVA bags to gain maximum distance for each cast

Step 2

Use a Korda distance lead mounted on a Korda run rig rubber slid over a lead core leader that has a size 8 swivel on the end. Pass the lead into the distance bag and push into the small opening in the bottom of the bag. 

Pic showing easy way to fill bagEasy ways to fill PVA bags quickly with different bait

Step 3

Now start filling the bag with your chosen bait, in this case simple mixed pellets. See how the card supports the bag thus aiding the filling of the bag.


Image of correct bag loadingCorrect loading of bait into PVA bags for improving casting distances

Step 4

Fill the bag to about 3/4 full. Remove the filling card and pull the leadcore such that it sits centrally in the middle of the distance bag. 

image shows sealed before castingEffective ways to seal PVA bags for strong cast

Step 5

Wet your finger and rub it around the inside of the PVA distance bag. With the bag slightly wet now push the sides of the bag onto each other.

Image ready to cast out long rangeget ready to seal PVA bags for strong cast

Step 6

Now wet the outside of the distance bag and start to twist the bag top. Keep twisting until the bag is tight.

Streamlined for efficient casting distanceOnce bag is prepared properly thread the point of hook into the correct part of the bag to increase casting distances

Step 7

With the top of the distance bag fully sealed and the bag nice and tight, bring your hook up to the side of the bag and nick the rig into it. 

All that's left to do is to cast this effective rig into the horizon to those unsuspecting carp.

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