How to Tie Dissolving Bags for Fishing

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How to Tie Dissolving Bags for Fishing
Use a PVA dissolving bag when fishing for carp. (Carp image by davork from

Dissolving bags are often used by anglers when attempting to lure and catch carp. Gaining popularity as a sport fish in the United States, anglers in Europe have fished for carp as a game fish for many years and have pioneered many of the methods commonly used today. Dissolving bags are typically made from PVA or polyvinyl alcohol and dissolve easily when in contact with water. Dissolving bags help to hold the bait in place during the cast and localise the bait and scent in the water. Tying dissolving bags requires the use of a simple knot.

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Things you need

  • PVA mesh
  • Plastic tube
  • Carp bait (corn, trout pellets, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Circle octopus hook

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  1. 1

    Tie a simple overhand knot in the bottom or free end of the PVA mesh tubing. Twist 1 to 2 inches of the free end of the mesh to easily accomplish tying the knot.

  2. 2

    Trim the excess PVA mesh from below the overhand knot with scissors.

  3. 3

    Insert a plastic expansion tube into the mesh. Slide the tube down until it rests against the knot tied at the bottom of the tube.

  4. 4

    Place carp bait in the plastic expansion tube. Slide carp boilies, trout pellets, corn and other popular carp bait down to the bottom of the mesh tube.

  5. 5

    Pull the plastic expansion tube out 2 to 3 inches from the tied bottom of the PVA mesh. Shake the tubing slightly to settle the bait in the bottom of the tube and form a small sack. Remove the plastic expansion tubing completely from the PVA mesh.

  6. 6

    Tie another overhand knot in the PVA mesh, close to the top of the carp bait. Tie another overhand knot 1/2-inch up from the previous knot.

  7. 7

    Cut the PVA mesh between the two knots, above the carp bait, with sharp scissors. Slide the PVA mesh bag onto a circle octopus hook and cast into the water where carp are located.

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