CARP HACK: The no-knot, no-residue PVA trick

CARP HACK: The no-knot, no-residue PVA trick

There can’t be a carp angler in the land who doesn’t have a tube of PVA mesh in their tackle bag. 

Each week, thousands of little bags of loosefeed are attached to rigs and hurled into carp lakes across the country. 

But as brilliant a catching aid as they are, the knots used to tie up PVA mesh bags take a long time to dissolve, and when they do can leave blobs of residue right next to the hookbait or the hook. 

In the minds of some, this is enough to deter the carp from taking the bait. That's where this brilliant little hack for making up PVA bags with no knots, and no residue, comes in.

Look at the difference! The knotless bag dissolves without leaving residue (circled).

Look at the difference! The knotless bag dissolves without leaving residue (circled).

All you need is a pair of long-nosed pliers, available from most ‘pound shops’, and in the time it takes to boil the kettle, you can knock up a dozen bags. 

As well as producing perfect bags every time, this hack will save you up to a metre of PVA for every five used… no waste, no residue, very little fuss! Time to get hacking!

How to make knotless PVA bags

1) Start by heating the pliers by carefully placing them in the flame of your stove.

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2)Twist the PVA and then seal the end with a quick pinch of the pliers.

3) Add your chosen mix of loosefeed to the tube. Assorted pellets or crushed boilies work well.

4) Tamp down the contents to a tight ball. This will help the bait to disperse once the bag melts. Then twist the PVA stocking above the bag, and hold it under tension with your fingers.

 5) To seal the bag, simply snip the twisted stocking with the heated pliers. The result? The perfect bag!