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Lightning and long sessions: How and Why

(Part 1)

03 July 2024

How much time do we dedicate to our passion? Or rather, how much time do we have available to devote to fishing? We would all like to spend more time on the banks of some waterway, but unfortunately there are times in life when time is short and someone decides to hang up their fishing rods. Those who decide not to give up often opt to optimise their time and concentrate on so-called lightning sessions. This approach allows us to continue fishing despite our work and family commitments.

Carpfishing is not really a hobby to be practised in the smallest of time slots. For some it is a way of life, and practising it even in short spare moments requires impeccable organisation.

If we choose to do one or more flash sessions, it is essential to understand whether we can go fishing during the day or at night. Some places only offer catches at night, so organising a few hours' fishing in the morning would obviously be counterproductive. I have several friends who, due to many family commitments, opt for short night fishing trips, usually in canals or rivers. Let's say that night fishing is often the most profitable, especially in the summer, becoming an almost obligatory choice.

The actual fishing hours are few, and a prior baiting campaign will help us get results in no time. Personally, I organise an overnight session on a Friday night so that I don't have to work the next day. My friends, in order not to give up fishing, organise it midweek and at dawn they take everything apart to go to work. Fortunately, I manage to organise myself for Friday for now, but the fact remains that, as I said from the beginning, organisation is everything: leaving home with the equipment ready will save us time.

In my case, I start with ready-made rigs, primed terminals and often with pre-prepared nets or pva bags. It is important to limit the equipment to the bare minimum. The less material we have, the less time it takes to set up and dismantle the camp. Here is what I take with me:

  • 2 wading nets
  • Pegs (quicker than the rod pod)
  • Beacons (best for this type of fishing)
  • A bag or small backpack with small items
  • Cobra or sling
  • Headlamp
  • A cot and sleeping bag (in my youth I used the old camping modules in my youth)
  • A shelter for the night (quick tent or parasol)
  • A bait bucket
  • A space-saving mattress
  • A tripod (for possible night shots)
  • A small cooler
  • A trolley (if necessary to reach the chosen spot)

This is the basic equipment for a one-night session. It seems like a lot of material, but every item listed is indispensable. As for the actual session, I usually go to the fishing spot as soon as I leave work and the first thing I do is refresh the bait before lowering the rods. In this way, I offer food to the fish that are active earlier in the evening.

It is important to set up camp without making too much noise, preferably still in daylight. If I fish in a canal, I always have the central tent and the rods at either end, so that the fishing spots are up to 20/30 metres away from me.

A piece of advice I would give is not to abuse the lamp at night and possibly not to point it towards the water. Do this only for reeling in the rods. (Having a few spare rigs already primed and ready reduces the time you use the torch when reeling in). As far as bait is concerned, if we have done a preventive baiting campaign we will certainly have a better chance of catching. If not, it is better to opt for quick lures using method, pellets and grits, which will attract smaller fish but allow us to get into the fish faster.

A few hours of fishing does not necessarily mean little chance of catching fish, but it is necessary to know the fishing spot well in order to make the most of it in the short time available.

See you next month with part 2!

Daniele Annovi
Team Molino Zombini

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