Fishing is full of conundrums, but one of the main ones facing carp anglers is what type of hookbait to use in solid PVA bags.
Here's Steve Spurgeon's take on this one...
"There was a time when pop-ups were all the rage inside a bag, especially pineapple ones set up so they sat right on top of the contents of the bag after it had broken down. Almost like a little yellow cherry on the cake, if you like.
"However, over time it was felt that carp saw too much of this and wised up to the tactic, so anglers started experimenting with bottom baits and also using a pop-up but with a shot on the hair to create a balanced bottom bait.
"Today, however, there are dedicated wafter hookbaits which are ideal for the job.
"Depending on what sort of water you are fishing (stock levels) carp often take a big suck at the bait and a decent-sized carp can engulf the entire contents of a medium-sized bag in one go.
"It’s essential that the hookbait is sucked in just as easily, and a wafter will do exactly that.
"I’ve had great success with the pink Fruity Squid Pastel wafters from Mainline but occasionally have switched to the Blackcurrant Liquorice or Cranberry Orange as a change bait.
"They’re perfectly balanced, smell great and the carp seem to like them. That’s why they’re my go-to baits inside a PVA bag."