And that’s good because carp are particularly active during these times of the day. Nevertheless, these speed sessions require some adapting to get luck on your side. Gear? Fishing spot? Advanced baiting? Here are our tips to have successful short carp fishing sessions.
1. Gear - Travel Light
You can reduce the amount of gear you have with you at the waterfront for short sessions. This will enable you to be lighter, more reactive and more discrete at the waterfront.
For your quick fishing trips, using two rods rather than the usual four will save you some weight. Regarding rod rests, opt for rod pod spikes, which are less bulky for this type of session. A bag such as the Caperlan Carryall would be perfect to carry your bait and assembly accessories, and stores all the necessary gear for your fishing trip. All you would have left to carry is the keepnet and landing mat.
For additional comfort, you can take a level chair with you, so you can wait patiently for the ideal conditions between two starts.
2. The Spots
Fractures are excellent spots to set up your lines. Food naturally gathers there and the carp know this. A tended line in the water emits vibrations that can scare carp away, which are naturally suspicious fish. To limit this risk, you need to flatten your assembly on the bottom, using “sinking” braids.
Feel free to fish near the edge. The banks are spots that are often rarely taken advantage of and lingering there can prove to be rewarding. Often rich in food, it is very interesting to fish from the banks in the early evening as nature is waking up. Carp therefore come here looking for delicacies such as crayfish, which are harder to come by in the middle of the day.
If you notice an angler getting ready to go home, set up your lines near their spot. It is quite possible that some carp will come to clean up the remains of their bait...
Be as discrete and quiet as possible on the waterfront to avoid scaring everything away from the area around your installation. Feel free to move away from your rods to be more discrete. Even the slightest sounds reverberate in the water and are detected by the carp.
The wind can be a good ally in helping you choose your spot. By making some observations, you will quite easily notice waves forming towards the shore. These are excellent areas as the movement at the bottom disperses the food. It is preferable to prospect the windward banks.
3. Bait: Spoiled For Choice
In the summer, carp feed often and in abundance as digestion is easier during this time of year. Corn? Lupin? Tiger nuts? All grains are effective during the summer.
Boilies with strong and fruity flavours are particularly effective at this time of year. To target larger carp, increase the size of your boilies for more efficiency. Boilies with a diameter of 24-26 mm will allow you to target larger fish.
You can use different baits on your rods to determine which one is the most efficient, for example, one rod with tiger nuts, another with boilies and another with corn.
4. Advanced Baiting
For shorter fishing sessions, using flour will quickly attract fish to your desired area. To do this, bait using a dozen orange-sized balls. You can use pre-mixed bait or a mix of your own bait (such as crushed boilies, pellets or grains) for this.
You can supplement your baiting with 1 kilo of grains, boilies or pellets for more efficiency. After each start, you should add 3 or 4 balls to your baiting.