‘Tea bag’ time for top re­sults

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

TEN years ago I be­came the first match an­gler at Gold Val­ley to use PVA mesh bags.

Hav­ing first checked with fish­ery owner John Rai­son that the tac­tic would be al­lowed, it very quickly brought me some good re­sults. Whether any­one had tried it in matches else­where I don’t know, but the first two peo­ple I men­tioned it to were Jimmy Bullard, when he first moved to Ful­ham and started to fish Gold, and Steve Ringer.

I know Steve told his fa­ther Ge­off, who had in­stant suc­cess at Earlswood Reser­voirs.

Since then the ‘tea bag’ has be­come stan­dard fare but, as ever, the ex­perts have given it their own twist. Such was the case with Steve Ringer’s ar­ti­cle on us­ing tiny bags for big carp.

This is a bit of an anom­aly re­ally be­cause, es­pe­cially in win­ter, the big­ger carp on many venues tend to fall for much less loose­feed or ground­bait, or even none at all.

Ob­vi­ously they didn’t get big­ger by eat­ing less, so why should this min­i­mal­ist ap­proach work? An­swers on a post­card...

Why do tiny ‘tea bags’ work so well?

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