We welcome CC Moore to the Angler's Mail big fish bloggers circle. Their man Jimmy Hibbard shares some useful tips for getting extra carp on overnighters. Click the icons above to share this page with your mates.
MY FISHING over the past year has mainly consisted of quick overnight sessions between work.
Don’t get me wrong, I do manage to string the odd longer session together but I’ve found that you put a lot more effort into your fishing when you spend a shorter length of time on the bank .
Here’s a few tips that you can apply when fishing overnighters that will hopefully help you put a few extra fish, and big fish, on the bank and make your fishing more efficient.
With regards to a venue, I tend to pick one within an hour’s drive of where I work if possible. After a long day at work, you don’t want to be sat behind a steering wheel driving for a long period of time just to get to the lake. It also gives you more time on the bank,especially when the nights are drawing in. Another good reason is that it makes baiting up easier if I decide to embark on a baiting campaign.
I also normally choose a syndicate water, somewhere I can learn, keep focused and get into a proper rhythm with my fishing.
This type of water is generally quieter angler-wise, and often the regulars are more respectful of each other and willing to share information which is of course a huge edge in itself.
On my arrival at the lake, I like to have a good scan around all likely looking areas, trying to locate the carps whereabouts as best I can before dropping onto them if possible.
Keeping in tune with other members to find out the areas they have been seen in whilst I have been away from the lake and where the last few captures have come from is vitally important to me.
I do have a good look at the weather to see what’s occurring too. If I can’t find them visually, this gives me a rough idea as to the likeliest area to set up in.
Always try to keep an eye on the water, and spend your time sitting behind the rods looking for any signs of showing fish if the weather conditions allow you to. This is such an edge and can really put you in front of other anglers.
You’d be amazed how many anglers just sit in their shelter on Facebook or watching a film whilst fish are showing down the other end of the lake!
It all goes back to the location aspect , and whether or not I can find them. If I can get on the fish, I tend to bait quite lightly initially and gradually top the swim up after any action.
When I don’t locate the carp (this must sound backwards!) I tend to bait a chosen area quite heavily.
In either situation I would then continue to fish that swim that week if I had any more nights planned. Then before I leave the next morning, I will top the swim up with bait again.
On my next overnighter, I try to get back into the swim I’ve been baiting and will keep working the swim until I am either consistently catching or get the signs to move to a new area of the lake.
For baiting up, I normally just feed with boilies as this approach has always been most successful for me in the past.
A steady application of a top quality food bait throughout your campaign will always pay dividends in the end, often producing the bigger residents of your chosen venue.
Of late I’ve been using the new Pacific tuna boilies from CC Moore, and have been soaking them in their liquid tuna extract.
I take my bait out of the freezer a day or so before my trip, and this lets the baits soak up all the goodness from the tuna liquid as they thaw out which massively boosts attraction and is perfect for short sessions.
As for my hook baits, these are meshed up and glugged at home to save time and messing about on the bank.
The right rigs
I tend to keep my rigs as simple as possible, and only ever really use three types :- the chod, hinged stiff rig and a standard bottom bait presentation. These are tied up in advance, normally at home to save me valuable time whilst I’m on the bank.
Depending on the swim and situation I am fishing, I can just go into my rig box and select the rig to suit. Within seconds I can change things around as required and get the rods back out onto the spots and fishing effectively.
Tackle – less is more!
One thing I’ve done is scale right down on my tackle items. On overnighters, you don’t want to be taking everything plus the kitchen sink!
Taking the bare minimum is my mindset nowadays. I carry all of the necessities in my rucksack, such as terminal tackle ,stove, waterproof clothing etc and have my rods already tackled up on a good quiver system for easy transportation.
The less you have to pack down and carry back to the car gives you those extra few minutes for that all important bite.
Organisation really matters
You need to be as quick as you can when setting up and packing down. Having your gear well organised helps putting it back in the right place in the rucksack…having things to hand rather than searching around for bits in the dark.
As for getting the rods out, I keep a diary of all the swims I’ve fished and have built this up throughout the season.
By logging down the productive spots, I can then drop into a swim and just look at my book and wrap the rods up to the spots, cutting down the length of time and disturbance by leading around for hours on end looking for areas to fish.
I hope you can take something from this and it helps you put a few more fish on the bank if you’re planning some overnighters this autumn.
You don’t have to sit there for days on end to catch carp, especially when you can plan your sessions between work if the wife or girlfriend will allow it!
Be lucky with your fishing!