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Throwing sticks, spod rockets, method feeders, PVA, bait boats…… every magazine I open has new innovations for feeding fish to attract them to our hookbait. It can all seem mind boggling and, for the newcomer to the sport, totally confusing I am sure.
Firstly why do we want to spend good money on high tech baits and throw them as far as we can into a lake? Well the idea is to lay a bed of food and then place our hook loaded with similar or the same bait in the middle and hey presto the fish takes our hook not realising it is there as it feeds on the pile of goodies we have put down for it. That is the theory at least. If fishing at distance is your forte then I am sure you will agree that unless you can cast with near pin point accuracy over and over again then the chances of hitting the exact spot with a bait rocket is something that a beginner should avoid for starters. Bait or spod rockets are fine for the experienced angler and also the correct rod must be used with the strength to take the rocket loaded with particle bait. As the rocket hits the water the bottom of the cylinder which is made of buoyant material rises and tips the cylinder over, depositing the bait beneath it. Many inexperienced angler I am sure will have broken a rod or line casting one of these rockets to the horizon. Specialist rods are made to cope with the weight and thick line with a shock leader must be used. To place the groundbait next to the hookbait is what we are trying to achieve so a PVA bag or method feeder is probably the most accurate way of doing this.

What is a PVA bag you ask? Water soluble PVA film and net is a new type of environmental protection material exploited successfully and has been intensively used in recent years. It is verified by tests that PVA is non-toxic and doesn't restrain from the growth of microorganism and can be degraded totally. It has no any bad effect on environment. Once PVA is dissolved in water, specific microorganism will cause it to degrade. So when it comes into contact with water it dissolves leaving whatever you put in it on the ground. The best way of utilising a PVA bag is to place the hook loaded with bait into the bag and place the tip of the hook through the bag in one corner. Then proceed to fill the bag with your chosen groundbait. This can be the same as your hookbait or of a different attractant with a few pieces of your hookbait mixed in. Fill the bag leaving enough spare to twist around your main line and then tie with PVA string. Remember throughout this not to use damp bait or have wet hands as the bag will dissolve. Now it is time to cast out. If you are using a specialist carp rod of around two and a half to three pound capacity this will be fine. Do not try this with a float rod - it will break. Pick the swim or area you wish to place your bait and cast. The splash will be big and if it is relatively unfished water then the fish will probably flee for a couple of hours. If it is a well fished swim then the fish will maybe think it is meal time again and gather round your offering as your bag melts away. Anyhow your pile of bait should now be layed on the bottom with your hookbait in amongst it and this is what we set out to achieve.
Next time we will look at PVA string and method feeders.

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