Fishing for Carp at Night

Night fishing for carp - the inheritance of the elect. Fisher, who is alone in the night the pond, should have strong nerves. Not everyone feels comfortable when at midnight the day innocuous trees are transformed into stirring gloomy figures, published in the melancholy wind moans.

Sleeping at home, we are tired of the noise of the city, used to think that there is, in the nature, silence reigns at night. However, fishing is very quickly convinced of the opposite. Life does not stop for a moment and a lot of mice, water rats, hedgehogs, scurrying into the grass and reeds produce continuous noise, followed by a million orchestra of mosquitoes, which are very actively and unsuccessfully attacked fishing thoughtlessly relied on advertised "cure stinging insects".

This picture can be supplemented champ herds of wild boars, appeared far from rods - neighborhood is not a pleasant one - or a night storm, which, despite its grandeur, not every carp like.

Night reservoirs often greet you with cold, damp and fog. At the same time, night fishing is inextricably linked with the violation of the habitual diet and sleep. Thus, the fishermen whose health is not in good order, we can recommend to do carp angling in the daytime.

No less important than strong nerves and good health, is marital status. Often an insurmountable obstacle for class night fishing becomes a veto, imposed on him and his wife. Finally, in some places just night fishing is prohibited. Sometimes the prohibition applies to the whole territory of the country, such as in France, and sometimes it works only in some areas, regions, or even individual reservoirs. Keep this in mind and never be lazy to wonder if night fishing is allowed on the pond, where you are going to catch.

Night fishing ban or restrictions imposed on it (for example, at night may be allowed to catch only the coast) is generally motivated by the fact that in the dark difficult to monitor the fishermen and identify violators of the rules. Some role plays and taking care of the safety of fishermen (accidents, criminal attacks, bullies, and so. N.).

However, the number of fans of night fishing for carp is large enough. While across Europe millions uncork bottles and included millions of TVs, these enthusiasts are sent to their cherished carp locations. Their enthusiasm has a solid foundation: the night carp fishing can be a much more productive day. Of course, the carp cannot be called a classic night of fish, such as eel, burbot and catfish - too often for that he comes across in the afternoon.

According to the structure of the retina (the average size of the sticks and numerous small cones) carp can probably be attributed to the "Twilight" fish. There are even some pools, where night fishing brings fishermen nothing but disappointments.

However, other water bodies, obviously, are more suitable for night fishing than the daily. Finally, there are those where the carp bite may begin at any time of the day, both in the light and in the dark.

James Gibbinson once suggested that the difference in biting day and night due to a different intensity of illumination, rather than the fact that at night the water cooler or less noise. At the same time he started from his own experience and cited examples to support his point of view. The idea Gibbinsona partially agrees with our observations.

According to the records in our fishing diaries, biting at the full moon in the traditional places are usually absent, but only when the moon was obscured by clouds. At the same time near the grassy thickets often come across instances of good in these conditions. However, it seems to us that the silence of the night, and in the summer and cool night in some cases, also have a certain value.

At night, like day, carp bite is never constant. Periods of fish followed by periods of calm, and the duration of the second, as a rule, is much longer than the first. Every now and then we hear that the best way to catch an hour after dark and an hour before dawn. Rest of the time, they say, can in good conscience spend the night.

Such categorical statements seem to us not very convincing. Although the above-mentioned clock does often bring success, not always and not everywhere it is. Therefore, if circumstances permit, it is better to catch the night.

With regard to the phases of the moon affect the biting night, our blogs do not allow to identify any pattern. As mentioned earlier, the fish were not in the full moon on a clear day, but we attribute this to strong illumination. It is widely believed that there are good catches in the first quarter, followed by the deterioration of fish, which is the full moon is stopped completely and resumed only in the last quarter.

At nightfall, especially in the warmer months, the carp usually come in small places. Of course, they do not do it every night. Weather conditions may encourage them to stay in the depths, but it will be an exception to the general rule nocturnal migrations of fish from the deep reservoir into small plots, that is in the coastal zone, on the continental shelf or on small plots around the islands. Such places are more attractive to carp, if they are overgrown with reeds, water lilies, algae.

Sometimes carp in search of food are collected on a grounded, the water barely covers their backs. However, prefer large specimens is still not too far away from the safe depths. They like to stay where stall passes near the shore or beach which goes sharply into the pit - that is, wherever aground adjacent depth. If there is still some kind of vegetation, a place can be considered ideal.

Local’s ideal places should be known, however, and it will not hurt the day "inspection" of the reservoir. The rest of the anglers we encourage such "inspections" with the utmost care.

Before fishing, learn in a selected area of ​​the reservoir. Location of the trees growing on the shore, reeds, seaweed, driftwood and water lilies need to know, like the five fingers. Under this condition, an experienced angler can in case of emergency to appear on the pond already after dark.

Less experienced colleagues, we strongly recommend that you arrive before dark, so as to have time to thoroughly prepare their twilight "workplace". At night, all the accessories need to be on hand, and they should be placed in such a way as to avoid stepping or tripping over them, when you have to wake up. It is highly unfortunate to miss carp because tripped over a box with accessories, or could not find a landing net, which, as it turned out, lay in two steps behind.

Many spread out on the ground next to a piece of some light material and a second, smaller size, placed under the rod to the fishing line could not cling to the grass when biting. In gusty wind, small items are best to keep in your pocket or bag to avoid being carried away. Bait, packing and food must be protected from rats and mice.

Also order night comfort plays an important role, especially - heat. Even summer nights can be very, very cold. In other seasons poorly dressed fisherman just threatened to freeze and die. Such cases have already taken place!

So warm clothes - an integral part of night fishing gear. Do not be afraid to dress too warm. Excess can always be removed if it becomes hot. Worse, if it gets cold, and warm clothes with them will not, exit from this situation, only one - to go home immediately. When it comes to health, not to carp.

If you go on a fishing trip in his car, always keep in the trunk of a spare set of clothes (to, soaked, you can immediately change into dry), extra sweater, warm socks. In any case it is necessary waterproof raincoat, which should be long enough so that the water is not poured into the boots, not only when you stand, but when you are sitting.

Outfitting many fishermen to carp, especially English and imitating the English, complementary cot, blanket, waterproof blanket and a large fishing umbrella.

In addition to the cold in the dark fisherman exasperate even mosquitoes. The only way to protect against these little beasts, giving an absolute guarantee, is to use a mosquito net-mesh, tightly woven clothing, gloves and boots. But screens impair visibility that night already unimportant.

As for all kinds of repellents (ointments and aerosols), although their manufacturers and declare their harmlessness to humans, many fear they inspire. Furthermore, they are not always allowed (in Sweden, for example, their use is prohibited) and do not always help. In the latter, unfortunately, we have repeatedly seen on their own experience. Finally, the impact of repellents to the biting fish hardly been studied, and it is likely that some of them scare carp.

Also, there are folk remedies against mosquitoes (tomato leaves and m. P.), But they are checked, as a rule, are ineffective, as well as electrical appliances, imitating the sound produced by the mosquito-male. Therefore, those who do not want to use screens, basically only one thing - to endure.

Surprisingly, with some disdain some colleagues are masking night fishing. Meanwhile, the night camouflage especially needed. Firstly, the complete darkness in the waters is not seen even in the darkest night. If close to the coast to catch carp may well notice a moving silhouette of fisherman. Second, to sounds and shake the soil in the dead of night fish react more strongly than in the afternoon on a background of constant noise.

When the nozzle is close to the shore, especially during the coastal fishing to plummet, the angler must be completely hidden from the carp coastal vegetation, and in the absence of such - a special screen. Following the principle of "the farther away from the water, the less chance of being seen", it is advisable not to sit at the very rods, and a little behind them, at a distance of one to two meters.

Of course, a long casting does not matter if you sit near the water. However, even then it is not necessary to use a flashlight, even if the temptation to turn it on and was very large. Of course, without a flashlight sometimes cannot do, but until then, until it is an extreme case, it should not be included! In addition, the brightness of the flashlight that scares carp, after a while your eyes see nothing in the darkness of night. Without a lantern as they gradually get used to the darkness, and it is possible to distinguish almost all that is required.

Waiting for a bite, try not to get up and leave the place without catching absolutely necessary, so as not to cause a shake of the soil. Council smoking: inhaling or lighting a, do not let the light with a match or cigarette to fall into the water.

Technique carp fishing at night

We proceed to the fishing technique. On warm, still summer nights on the overgrown parts of the reservoir, where the depth reaches the shore at least half a meter, the most interesting thing to catch on in a bread crust plummet. Of course, you can use other carp baits, and make casts parallel to the shore, or away from it, in advance lured place.

However, there in the darkness to where the bait is not so easy. Casting direction determined by the well-marked landmark (tree silhouette, clearance on the opposite bank of the trees or bushes), and the distance - intuitively or (reliable) for a mark on the line, made even before it gets dark. It is best to wind on the line in the right place Soie.

Super high precision casting, such as the edge of the reeds, making possible the use of a luminous float. Glowing floats meet two kinds. Some provided with light diode, a miniature battery powered, which is located in the central or lower part of the float housing. The other tube is inserted with a glowing liquid. Strictly speaking, these plastic tube even two liquids are separated by a partition. If you bend the tube, the partition collapses, liquid blend, and will glow that will last 10-15 hours, gradually weakening.

When the water is clear and shallow depth, luminous floats have a deterrent effect on the carp. In this particular case it is very difficult to determine whether the water is quite turbid and great depth of the fishery. Therefore we recommend not using luminous floats, when ultra-precise casts are required. For the same reasons, we reject and luminous buoys, sometimes referred to in the specialist literature.

Light and sound signals of electrical and electronic bite alarms at night distinguishable much better than during the day. Therefore, the bulb should not be too bright, too loud and buzzers. It is no coincidence detectors are equipped with better control the volume and tone of the buzzer.

Well, if the indicator light, illuminating at the time of the bite, slightly illuminates the line extending from the coil, so that it is possible to distinguish whether the fishing line is unwound and, if so, at what rate. Otherwise, it is necessary to determine the touch, letting the line between your fingers. Not bad noticeable in the moonlight and the cylinder of aluminum foil. Others alarms require making some changes that can be reduced in the main to the attachment thereto of said tubes with glowing liquid.

Pulling carp at night with a full right to be called an adventure. In the dark, every fish seems stronger, and that's a false sense of inexperienced fisherman can plunge into a panic, so he will have insufficient pressure on carp. It is difficult to determine exactly where the carp and in what direction he was going. Over time, you begin to know this intuitively, but beginners usually lost. In no case do not try to light the lamp fishing line over the water! A good benchmark is wavelets.

When the carp would be on the shore, we lean to the water to look at it and pick up the landing net. It was on a night fishing to fully begin to appreciate the advantages of a large landing net. After successfully completing the stretch, we refer carp landing net out of the water, remove it from the hook and put in a cage (bag) until the morning, when you can take it home with them, or released back into the pond, after thoroughly examined, weighed and photographed on memory.

Many believe that at night fishing should be sent at least two fishermen together to, in extreme cases, one of them could provide other necessary assistance. If you follow this advice, you need to choose an experienced colleague, who is known to be quiet, to talk, to break the disguise, in a word, which does not spoil the whole thing.

Where to catch carp at night

Choosing a place in the carp fishing is always very important, and at night fishing is doubly important - still in the dark managed to tackle much more complicated. Headlamp flashlight if enabled, at minimum power, so as not to scare the fish, but because virtually all the surrounding objects are able to deliver any inconvenience.

If you hang behind the branches of trees, sooner or later you're bound to hook them behind the hook when casting. Even tall grass not make time to remember her kind words, especially in the morning when the fisherman will struggle with fatigue and a desire to give up everything and go some sleep. So I prefer a smooth, with flattened vegetation area near the water, or a low mound on top of which there is no bushes, and the water can easily go down to the touch.

Of course, it's best to settle on the banks of the meadow, but not always in front of it you can find a few good night positions. But you need not only a comfortable place for fishing, but also that there was someone there to catch! Usually meadow smoothly into extended shelf with muddy bottom and dense aquatic vegetation, and up to the edge of the flooded stream - tens of meters. But if you know that there is a bend of 25-30 m flooded bed or something more remarkable, then, it may be worth a try.

Speaking of beaches. In the heat of the carp, as well as hordes of brutal heat of swimmers, dislikes strongly silted areas and often rests on the periphery of spontaneously arising beaches.

In ponds with clay bottom sometimes you can see a vast area of ​​muddy water, troubled people. It has long been observed that it attracts roaches and other Belle, who willingly collect rose from the bottom of the water column in different insects, and even bathers become living area aerators. Several times I've hit on a good bite and in the waters where the carp population is relatively small. So it's not an accident, but because in the absence of the more interesting ideas, you can focus on that.

From the high bank you may notice spot dregs of irregular shape, around the divergent bathing places. Carp Bites usually occur at the edges of 20-30 m from the coast, in a small depression with sloping edges. Settling down for a night of fishing in such a place, always worth to take into account the possibility of night swimmers.

As they say, need to be adjusted for the best, but prepare for the worst. At night, a little room to maneuver, and if the expectation will be delayed first bites (and this development is quite normal), then the soul of the fisher is required to be plagued by doubts - everything is done correctly, there is located where it is necessary. Traces on the water left by breast-feeding carp in the dark will not notice, and splashes of fish, according to the law of meanness, always dealt or to the side, or at the opposite shore.

Such developments should be ready, that is initially clear about what, how and why you are doing. At night, the confidence in their actions great help, not allowing you to fuss and make mistakes.

In my opinion, the most promising in the middle of summer, the middle part of the pond with a depth of 1.5-4 m. Near the dam can be formed thermo cline, and usually silted bottom of the lower reaches of clearly will not contribute to the high content of oxygen in the water.

Meli at the top of the pond in the middle of summer thickly overgrown with water plants. In the dark, they are known, oxygen is not produced, and absorb, to the same and submerged snags, even if it is just a branch, in shallow water, and even in the darkness may hinder fishing.

In general, the rule for choosing the place for me is: the deeper and wider body of water, the higher I climb the pond. However, the reason to do the opposite too short - known point of release springs flowing into the lower reaches of a stream or a steep cliff, the slope which the pond water is oozing. Always interested in angulations of the reservoir, if any. Yes, and the lower part of the embankment dam - is also potentially a very "tasty" place, especially gravel.

A great place for fishing lacks almost any pond or lake, except, perhaps, those thickets of reeds on the perimeter, and access to the water once or twice and miscalculated. In the latter case something simpler - no agony of choice, only hope for the favor of Fortune, and because the price of mistakes is high - the night fruitlessly held under mosquito buzzing.

In ponds with no fringing reed, better to come, not only to build a place of fishing lure and catch up to the darkness, but to slowly get around the perimeter of the pond. Let it will take an hour or two - do not mind, but, perhaps, will find some super point, which you firmly say, "Catch will be here!"

When traversing the reservoir is necessary to pay attention to all - even the direction of the weak, but the breeze; Water transparency on different sites; exit site of carp to the surface; chain characteristic bubbles of nursing fish. If the carp showed itself, I kept going at once, over exactly how the place - on the riverbed or on shallow waters. It is necessary to speak with other fishermen when they meet. After some time in the head there is a more or less complete picture of the situation on the pond. It now remains to finalize the points of the type which is now look promising, and with a place on the coast, from which will be convenient for them to fish.

For me, the perfect night fishing spot - a position on a steep bank (this is extremely rare under the cliff), which can be fished several promising points. One or two of them have to be coastal, and strictly to the left of me (I'm right handed).

Not bad catch in close proximity to the coast, fishing lures "snout" a few meters from the water's edge near some attractions - slightly hanging over water the tree or thicket sedge. There I am neglecting still light along the coast matchevuju bait. Often at this point it is possible to open an account even in the gathering dusk. Repeat the casting along the shore in the dark when not clearly see where the water is, and where the land, the risk is not always the case. If you are more than I believe in the accuracy of his throw to the touch, you can try to catch all night - I think, will not be disappointed. I'm in the dark usually started to fish fallback position, or turn on the feeder.

Usually at night, coastal points as possible and to restrict - in the middle of summer carp regularly goes to the shore to feed, but it is usually, and as will be on a specific fishing will only float well, or the tip of the feeder. Sit night wasted very disappointing, it is important that a relatively close to the shore was clay, but better sand and pebbles piled up, where you can try to catch carp solid.

Find stall and determine the nature of the bottom of the can using a marker rod, but to drag it into the pond does not always want to. I successfully deal with the definition of a relief, catching depth gauge on the hook snap Match (maximum accuracy in determining the depth, but the complete ignorance of the soil composition). Either with a few weights of different weights that are tacked on to the loop instead of the feeder trough (soil density and the depth of differences on the ponds flooded riverbed read well, the absolute value of the depth remains a mystery).

One point directly in front of the selected item will be enough, because changing a little casting distance, you can fishing on and the lower part of the stall, and watering near the edge. This is particularly convenient to make a feeder. Bait somewhat "smeared", but her band at the bottom can be considered feed path.

Good and other points on the depth - outputs springs, areas of hard bottom, but, first, they are not so easy to find, and it is not very easy for them to get there, because they are often small, and secondly, after casting at night is difficult clear your head landed in the right place or not. Piled did not miss it, especially with the feeder.

Another important plus - inaccurate throw when the feeder drive a couple of meters to the left or to the right, is unlikely to be the cause of excessively long wait another bite. After the nozzle will be all on the same piled up, and the fish, if there is already gathered, it will necessarily find.

Since heavy feeder equipment easier to throw accurately on 20-40 meters, than 10, the working point I'm looking for it at such a distance from its position. At the same time, closer to the shore is a promising point, so it is better. If some items failed to find the two points, for example, to dump the converging channels flooded streams - one in 20 m from the shore, and the other - 40 m away, the day I prefer to catch the far, where carp feels more confident, but at night - in the Middle Brook.

As practice shows, the distance to the shore at night to fish is not critical. On the one hand, it even tends to the coastal zone, and on the other - cannot be said that it is losing caution. To see this, for fun, try on some pond fish catch in the shallow coastal area, alternating float rod (with the obligatory throwing float lured by a point) and a heavy feeder. When a flock of carp came up actively feeding, bite the bait follow one another almost without a pause, the feeder is a different situation. After the noise of heavy feeders carp comes into a stupor. Bite has to wait for 10-20 minutes, and more often manage to catch a carp no more than 2-3, the rest of the pack dissolves on the waterfront open spaces and never returned.

A smaller distance fishing will greatly improve casting accuracy and especially feeding a slingshot (if it need arises), and more importantly - a much clearer visible float, in the case of fishing for the match. When the night wind picks up even a small ripple - look out for the distance a tiny point of light becomes a torture. In fact, clearly visible are only bite on Utopia.

Tackles for carp at night

Going to the carp pond fishing, I usually take with them Match and feeder rods to determine the choice is already in place, and if you intend to catch big carp on stream flow piled up, sometimes we catch even a strong carp rod with an electronic signaling device. Usually I catch two rods - or feeders match (feeder) plus carp rod. Less - is bad because it does not turn at the same time to check the different options, and more - is only possible in the classic karpfishing.

After Glow in sale capsules, it is possible to catch in the dark, that float rod, that on the feeder. "Firefly" transparent adhesive tape is attached to either float or to the outside (opposite to the rings) of the whip feeder.

There is another, very elegant solution - use a special adapter. It can be found in stores specializing in products for fishing with a float. It is desirable that the float and the adapter have been made by one firm. The adapter is mounted on the antenna instead of a removable, and has it set itself a firefly.

Fishing is in the "quiet night" on the edge, unless there are clear indications for float fishing rod, I prefer to bottom gear. Priority is given to them for a very simple reason. Track float precision casting equipment at a distance of, say, more than 30 m, it is difficult. Yes, the white stripe on the line we set the distance, but initially was a landmark in the form of the top of a tree or lights on the opposite shore, but it's all good, when you do not give sleep bite and you know that everything is done correctly, everything is under control.

But if the float stopped at the water surface for a long time, they begin to torment the question - not whether the hook is lowered with the nozzle a little bit away from the tame point. Still tops of trees on the opposite shore - a landmark very unreliable. And since you do not want to outwit all - to collect fish in one place, and try to catch it in another.

With feeder is no such problem. At the very least, but the bait out of the trough after each casting poured next to the hook, and then a chance to bite remains, even if a little bit is not ranked where it is necessary.

Match fishing rods have the main purpose - Fishing on the coastal shallows. The main advantage of this gear - silent nozzle feed the fish under his nose. Attempts to catch at a distance but at a considerable depth session usually become masochism. Eyes get tired pretty quickly and above clear firefly column breaks into a bright spot. However, sometimes the Match rod catches ability much more than the bottom gear. And if carp categorically does not want to feed from the bottom, using the float can be submitted nozzle almost any aquifer. This leash is necessary to make longer than usual - up to 50-80 cm and a more subtle as possible.

As has been written above, I choose a spot near Delta depths, so try fishing on several points at different levels, at the same time I try to do a minimum number of rods, but rather just two. Another is in a hard tube, and need only in case of force majeure. Of course, laid out and ready to fight additional rods are very convenient, but not in the dark. So I proceed to the rule - the smaller gear and other property, the better.

At night, when it becomes clear which of the two extra rods, stand it on a stand deep into the shore, where I put almost vertically - less chance that it will touch some curious subject. Sometimes just amazed - that people cannot sleep at night?

It's no secret that if the fish is not present, hearty hold out until dawn is difficult, especially in late July - early August, when the nights are much longer. I think that any will begin to nod. If the "firefly" on the end of the feeder starts to divide in two, it makes no sense to engage in self-torture. But also do not want to exhaust the tackle - and suddenly before dawn nozzle offended the very carp.

I resolve this dilemma simply - to adapt the feeder to a certain ersatz of contemporary сarp fishing. Attachments - the hair, the bait firmly rammed into the trough, so she played the role of a heavy load for hooking fish. The rod is perpendicular to the water's edge, in order to facilitate the gathering of fishing line from the spool. It is necessary to include baytranner and establish a "monkey" - a simple electronic switch from the firm bite D.A.M. Its operation is very simple - in a cautious position monofilament is between clips. When biting it slip, the contact will close and the "monkey" will begin to squeal, and red light.

Choosing the nozzle for night fishing

It should be borne in mind that the preferences of fish can change dramatically throughout the day. This is partly due to the change in the activity of digestive enzymes of carp. In a period of days are more active enzymes that break down proteins, to some - break down carbohydrates. In addition, bloodworms and other organisms that form the basis of the natural carp diet, too, are subject to circadian rhythms, which also have an impact on food fish. Therefore, the nozzle, which worked well during the day, at night, can completely lose effectiveness. If this happens, try changing the nozzle to the opposite (on the sweet fish, and vice versa).


No matter what gear is used for fishing, the selected location should be thoroughly lure. At night, the fish rarely responds positively to drop the bait in the water body; on the contrary, it is alarming. Therefore, complementary feeding at night just before the fishing is likely to have an adverse effect on biting. Place you must lure in advance, so that the bait was enough for the whole night, until dawn.

Most anglers do when this error by throwing a big night in water (20 liters) of concentrated amount of bait. In waters where fish a lot, she quickly eats the bait easily accessible. If this happens, then the night hour biting fades, and then completely stopped. When the angler begins to lure the fish frightened off from the shore and begins again caught in only four or five hours. I recommend doing the following.

Prepared bait (5-8 kg) mixed with one or two buckets of earth, taken near a pond, from it to form large balls that throw as accurately as possible to the point of fishing. The concentration of ingredients in edible bait will be low, which will cause the fish do not just eat the bait, and rummage through it and look for edible pieces. This keeps the carp bait in place as long as possible. Do not play a role and flavorings, which must first be diluted in a separate tank with water, and then poured into bait mixed with the ground.


Selection bait plays a major role, but in contrast to the daily fishing baits set of possible multiple tapers. This is due to the fact that at night carp prefers more vegetable than animal bait. Therefore, a minimum set of nozzles - a maggot, feed, worms and barley, of course, sweet canned corn. The latter is most popular because of its attractiveness for carp, bream, roach and carp large. Some anglers try to use corn as a nozzle with various fragrant additives.

My personal experience says that the only odorous Sensas company supplements bring success. In waters where carp fed by a certain feed, it gets used to it and willing to take it at night. Worms and maggots, in my opinion, it is better to use in the daytime.

The night fishing is essential most large and long, large fish tank. Pass the short-lived night and help small gas burner, a small pot of coffee and a stock.

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