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Scott's PVA Salt Bag Rig

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Most anglers will know just how effective salt can be when mixed into groundbait, spod and stik mixes, but here, Scott Ratcliffe adds it neat to a bag of crushed boilies.

 

 

I’ve been playing with salt for a long time now, here I’m going to show a tip on how to use it.

Going back to my days when working at Dream Lakes in the beginning of the summer months, when the weather was just starting to warm up, I would use a salt tablets in my PVA bag with chopped up boilies. This method worked well and helped put some good size fish on the bank.

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When I returned to England I tried to source the best salt to use and after a long time playing with all different types, Maldon salt was the best by far. You can now get this in most supermarkets; I even use it in all of my cooking. When I placed sea salt into lake water, the polar water molecules cluster around the salt and this gives off a charge from the electrons in the salt and with the flavours of the bait coming off at the same time it results in a good feeding frenzy for any fish in the area. 

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Place a small amount of salt in to the PVA bag; here I’m using a PVA solid tube from SCR Products. 

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Chop your boilies up into small pieces and place into the PVA bag

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The finished PVA bag all filled ready to cast out.

Here I don’t pierce the bag as I want it to float up off the lead then slowly dissolve and drop all the goodies around my hook bait, the carp just ‘hoover up’ taking all the free offerings and the hook bait in at once. 

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The end result a nice mirror which fell to this method 

 
Good luck with this method

Scott Ratcliffe

 



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klik2change on 17/09/2009 08:00:57
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I always add table salt and sugar to my hemp, and fish seem to like it, though I have never tried any trial and error experiments with it. This looks good. I will try the maldon sea salt. Well done Scott!
Stealph Viper on 17/09/2009 08:54:23
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Would he have caught that same Carp if he hadn't have used Salt? It's a really nice looking fish non the less.
Jeff Woodhouse on 17/09/2009 11:04:47
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Would he have caught that same Carp if he hadn't have used Salt? Maybe not, but he may have caught a different carp. Perhaps this one just liked salt, same as you do on your chips. I think it's worth a trial, but I wonder whether Maldon or anyone's sea salt makes any difference? Perhaps even that Lo-Salt, bearing in mind the carp's ticker. I notice his salt seems to be shredded as opposed to crytaline shape and wonder if that makes a difference. French or English? The list goes on...... I would just add a word of warning, not TOO much salt please, otherwise these lakes will have to start stocking with cod, plaice and bass rather than carp. Or you'll get it banned.
TJD Notts on 17/09/2009 13:22:07
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Agree with the last 2 comments as we do not know the damage that this may be doing to the fish and the environment. Trevor
Windy on 17/09/2009 14:41:24
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Must confess the same thought occurred to me :rolleyes:. The trouble is that if something is said to work with a couple of teaspoonsful added then the next idiot is going to think that a couple of ounces more = better, then his mate ups it to a pound or so and then the next bloke reckons that if a pound works then hoy in a stone or two :eek:. I exaggerate of course, but not by all that much I fear. Not that fifty acre fisheries are likely to be bothered by a pinch of salt here and there, but smaller waters....
Foxy on 17/09/2009 20:20:40
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I always add i little salt to my base mix, but have had great results by using it in bags for years. You can include a fair bit of salt in the bags as it desolves pretty quickly, dont put to much in your base mix though as you can do serious damage to the fish
Jeff Woodhouse on 17/09/2009 21:57:08
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Let's not forget that salt occurs naturally even in fresh water, it gets washed in off the soil. That and that alone is why the sea is salty, it's had 4 billion years to collect from rivers that run into it from off the land. Same story for the Dead Sea and the Black and Caspian Seas. They're all far more saline than normal waters. The exceptions are the Great Lakes in North America, which remain fairly good freshwater in that you can drink it.
Frothey on 18/09/2009 13:18:36
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I would just add a word of warning, not TOO much salt please, otherwise these lakes will have to start stocking with cod, plaice and bass rather than carp. Or you'll get it banned. Not that fifty acre fisheries are likely to be bothered by a pinch of salt here and there, but smaller waters.... if you put a metric tonne of salt into most waters, it would make virtually no difference to the salinity - at least not enough to bother the fish. we seem to worry more about the fish, whilst sitting there cramming ourselfves full of c**p on the bank, than we do about our own health!
Graham Marsden on 19/09/2009 09:59:40
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The Elworth Flashes were amongst the best fisheries in the country when the salt mines of nearby Northwich, Middlewich and Winsford (anciently known as Salinae the region was so salty) were in full production. The flashes produced some of the biggest roach, perch and carp in the country at that time. I can't remember the figures but the saline content was extremely high, far higher than anywhere else in the country. In freshwater aquaria up to a 1/2 ounce of salt per gallon is recommended to kill unwanted bacteria and to prevent nitrite poisoning. On that basis, even if anglers use large amounts of salt, it can only do more good than harm. In reality anglers can't use enough salt to make any difference one way or the other.
Frothey on 19/09/2009 10:24:40
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Stonar Lake in Sandwich is another one - it's right on the salt flats, fishes fairly well through the year, and the fish are piling on weight. It has a high shrimp population, and bass have even got in there from the creeks and survived. Jim Gibbinson mentioned the salinity as being a positive in a couple of his books that featured the lake.
Jeff Woodhouse on 19/09/2009 11:11:43
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In freshwater aquaria up to a 1/2 ounce of salt per gallon is recommended to kill unwanted bacteria and to prevent nitrite poisoning. On that basis, even if anglers use large amounts of salt, it can only do more good than harm. In reality anglers can't use enough salt to make any difference one way or the other. You're very right Graham, salt is one of the finest sterilisers. Whenever the dog has a small cut on his pad or any problem, I bath it in salted water. They used to rub it into the wounds of sailors after tasting the "cat". However, if fishery managers will invent stupid bans of boilies or hemp or pellets (mainly because they catch fish) then it won't take long for them to lock on to anglers using salt and ban that claiming they are pouring in a pound at a time. Nature of the beast, if it gives someone pleasure, ban it.
r1paul on 19/09/2009 11:38:12
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They used to rub it into the wounds of sailors after tasting the "cat". Serve`s them right ................................ pervs :eek: :D
Stealph Viper on 19/09/2009 14:28:31
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Hence the saying, Rubbing Salt in your Wounds. If it was a choice of the Cat or another Sailor which would you choose :wh :eek:
r1paul on 19/09/2009 14:55:43
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Pussy everytime .;)


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