Brothers Carl & Alex, aged 17 and 14, are the youngest bloggers in our mix.

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IF you are like me and my brother, and are always itching to get on the bank, then you will often become frustrated when work, college or other arrangements get in the way. I hope this blog proves to you that even the busiest of people can still enjoy angling if they are clever with their time.

Finding time to fish can be a struggle

I am lucky because I am currently at sixth form college and so on any day of the week I am on campus for a maximum of five hours. On some days I start early so I have time after college to do ‘homework’. But on other days I am not in college until 12 noon.

Add to that my small gardening job, video editing, blog writing, running a website and replying to comments, and now I have not got quite so much time on my hands!

The thing is, I am one of the lucky ones. Most people have far less spare time so I am now going to write a few ideas on how to make the most of your time on the bank.


For a start – find a venue which is local and that you can visit on your way to or from work, or where you study.

Pre-baiting can help you succeed

Try and arrive at the venue at the same time every day or every other day and trickle your chosen bait into a spot you know produces.

It may only take ten minutes to stop at the venue and bait up, but it will hugely benefit your fishing when you have the time for a proper session.

If you manage to prebait often, when you do have a couple of hours spare, the action should come quicker because you have done the hard work during the week or weeks before.




Being prepared also helps. Try to avoid having a really messy shed or garage as if you are organised you will be able to grab whatever gear you need and be at the venue fast, rather than trying to gather everything together and forgetting things. (Ok, I admit, I am terrible at organisation, but I’m getting there. I even have some new luggage which is helping me to become more neat and tidy!)

When time is sparse but you still want good catches, you may have to alter your targets, venues and/or methods. I’m not saying that you have to fish commercials rammed with fish, but there are some other ways to get quicker action.


More way to maximise precious time

  1. 1. Stalking. In the summer if I have one or two hours free I would not go carping with two rods, bivvy and loads of bait. Instead I would take one rod, mat, net and a rucksack with camera, scales, hooks etc. This would enable me to find the fish fast, and put baits in front of them. I have had reasonable success with freelining and simply lowering my bait in front of a fish. This is a much quicker, more active way to get bites, and results in next to no time. Check out this video, where I finally manage my 20lb carp whilst stalking!





Here is a photo of a couple of chub I had in a 1.5 hour session from a small river after college just a few weeks ago.

2. Change your venue. Rather than fishing a deep and low stock level gravel pit, where it can take days to draw the shoals of fish into your area, try fishing streams and small rivers.

I have found that you can get very quick bites from chub, barbel and perch on these smaller rivers, presumably because the fish are wild and not tackle shy, but also because the river is small you are never too far from the fish. On these venues small leads, freelining and float fishing all work well.

On these small rivers and streams something natural seems to work best, a worm, maggot or slug plopped into a deep hole will often be engulfed by a chub. Look for cover and deeper areas as this is where the fish are likely to lie.


3. Try fishing for everything. Sometimes, if you want a good, short session, it is best to not specialise too much. So don’t turn up at the venue with just boilies as bait. Try bringing maggots, corn or worms, baits which will catch whatever is in your swim. If you go chubbing bring some heavier line in case you spot barbel feeding. In general, just be prepared to make the most of whatever is feeding at that time.


4. Get lucky from time to time! Writing this blog has reminded me of a session I did with Alex during the summer. We had an hour spare so Mum took us to our local river. Alex cast into the middle of a weirpool with 4lb line and mini pellet for chub. A bite came seconds later and he was connected to a 9lb barbel! After landing it and taking some photos, we both realised that getting lucky is rather nice!

Alex and his 9lb barbel


Thanks for reading my blog this week, hope you enjoyed it. I also hope you all have some luck at the weekend… although judging my the weather forecasts as I type, I reckon many anglers will be doing their fishing here – ONLINE!




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