The Essential Night Fishing Tips for Everyone

Night fishing is the key on venues which see heavy pressure during the daylight hours may view its own inhabitants switch off feed.

They simply get their heads down for a bit of grub through the hours of darkness, when the lake goes silent and bankside flaws and crisscrossing lines have vanished.

The key aspect for any all-nighter is your organisation. Night fishing may be a rather miserable experience if you’re undergunned for a very long night of darkness.

Make sure to go well prepared with the proper kit and night fishing can be an exciting and very profitable part of the fishing.

Sit there with a hot mug of tea and see the sun climbing and you are soon going to be attracted to it — it can be extremely addictive stuff!

Below are a few ideas for making your nighttime fishing sessions a fun experience…


Carp pools take on a very different personality at nighttime. Go now. Getting everything prepared before the sun begins to place is far better than attempting to sort your swim out in the darkness.

Sitting quietly, seeing the water together with all your kit nicely organised about you means less fiscal disturbance and more silent time to wait for your alarm to suddenly burst into existence.

The water may come alive also as canny fish which refuse to feed during the afternoon will allow down their guard and start to confidently pick anglers up’ baits.


Modern LED lights are far superior to the bulbs of old. Head torches are tops for hands free illumination.


Decent robust screw type pegs will secure your shelter against windy weather and storm sides offer that extra protection, should it rain.

This storm shield brolly easily accommodates my bed chair and luggage.


Leave those bulky gas cookers for camping holidays and take a single compact burner, small pan and kettle, but make sure there’s enough gas in that bottle for multiple brews — there’s nothing worse than running out of gas when you are really looking forward to a nice fresh cuppa!


Organising your terminal tackle so it’s prepared to proceed is a wise move. Half a dozen or so tied channels saves you time in the nighttime time, when dulled hooks have to be quickly altered and re-cast.


Accurately hitting pre-baited spots in the hours of darkness is clearly much less straightforward as pin-point accuracy in the daytime hours.

What you will need to do in order to guarantee baits land in the desired area is to utilize a visual mark, determined on in daylight hours.

I have used the big oak tree in the space as my mark for when it gets dark. It stands out proud of everything else and even on those very dark nights I will still see it silhouetted on the horizon — at least I know I’ll be at the overall neighborhood come nightfall.


Clipping upward will drop your rig on the money and should be performed before any night-time casts are tried.

Do not forget to feather the cast together with your forefinger near the end of the casts, and do not forget to take out the line from the clip after the throw either, since this will almost surely result in your rod arrowing from the rests and evaporating into the beverage, as a hooked carp takes off out of your swim at a rapid rate of knots!


Have everything prepared to manage a landed fish to the bank. The very last thing you would like to be doing would be fumbling around at the middle of night locating your unhooking apparel, nevertheless stowed away on your luggage.

I place my unhooking channel on flat floor, close by, but maybe not at the immediate route from my shield to my rods — you do not want to be tripping over them because you hurry to strike your own rod.

A suitable unhooking channel should include a considerable mat, a few lake water to douse the mat and fish, forceps, peppermint, sling and scales.


Handy small isotopes emit sufficient shine for fast finding essential items. Many fishing items have recesses for fitting isotopes that will last for years and cost as little as a fiver.

Fitting them to a bobbins is a good idea and pasting one about the boss of the landing net makes it effortless to locate from the dark.

Some bivvies have isotopes built in the zips, letting you quickly vacate to hit one toner. Proper bivvy lights are very popular.


I am a light sleeper, especially on fishing sessions, but I’ve got a few carping buddies that sleep through just about anything. The last thing you need to sleep through is a screaming run.

Remotes, tuned in to your alert frequencies are best for heavy sleepers. You are able to place them close to your head when you sit down for some shuteye and they will stir any angler in their slumber.

Modern bedchairs would be the height of luxury. They have completely padded elasticated mattresses, reclinable springs and flexible legs.

Frames constructed from high grade aluminum aid to bring down weight, and mud feet prevent you from slowly sinking into soft ground.

This version from JRC costs around #120 and has given me more than five years’ good, reliable service.


Bedding is crucial for a comfy all-nighter.

This crash bag, costing #39.99, is tops for fair weather night sessions and takes up little space. They’re waterproof too and cost around #35.


Standard chairs aren’t necessarily vital if you’ve already set up with a bedchair, but sometimes it’s nice to sit back and chill out, while you gaze over the water for any signs of fish activity.

This bed buddy is designed to position across your bedchair, helping to avoid the classic problem of bedchair back-ache from sitting hunched forward.


This is a great little item for night fishing sessions. It’s a bedchair pouch and quickly fastens onto the bedchair frame via Velcro tabs.


Set it for just before sunrise and get that kettle on, sit back and look out for all those feeding fish.


A decent sized cool bag is ideal. Put a couple of freezer blocks inside and your grub will stay fresh and edible for the entire session — storing it in the shade will also ensure it maintains its cooling temperature.

It’s no joke running out halfway through a summer session. This container has a 5 litre capacity and sees me through a 24-hour session no problems.


Baits have the same appeal day or night, but carp obviously rely on their keen sense of smell in the hours of darkness.

Baits can be jazzed up though for added appeal and these small grains of artificial corn actually glow in the dark.

Dirty rats Nearly all fishing venues have a rat population. A rat or two will make short work of any bait left on the floor, so make it impossible for them to get at it by elevating your bait well clear of the deck. A decent bucket with a secure lid is a good rodent deterrent, but it’s not fail safe. I prefer to store my bait a good way off the ground, securing it on a long bank or storm stick — just try getting at my boilies now, you’orrible little creatures!


Nearly all fishing places have a rat inhabitants. A rat or two will probably make short work of almost any bait left on the ground, so make it impossible for them to have at it by elevating your lure well clear of this deck.

A decent bucket with a secure lid is a excellent bark deterrent, but it is not fail secure. I like to put away my lure a great way off the floor, securing it on a long storm or bank stick — only try getting at my boilies today, you’orrible little creatures!


A small emergency kit is also strongly advised. My private kit includes up little space and includes basic essentials like plasters, antiseptic cream, insect repellent and sun block.

Everyone has a cell phone these days and they are valuable in emergency scenarios. If you do not have a signal, but have to create an emergency phone, dial 112 which will automatically set you through a different network’s signal to get to the emergency services.


Include a small tube of superglue and some electrician’s tape on your tackle box for carrying out basic bankside repairs. It can save the day, or night, even if something vital breaks or falls apart.

A quick dab of adhesive or some tape can secure loose bands and briefly seal little holes from brollies, shelters and waders. You can also glue pellets on your hair rigs too.


Ever attempted to mount a bait on a hair without a boilie needle? I have and believe me, it’s not easy! I make sure I take a few spare baiting tools with me, in case one breaks.

Spare batteries are also worth having, particularly for drained head torches, bite alarms and electronic scales.

Some dry spare clothes can save the day also. There’s nothing worse than being too cold, and soaking wet feet caused by dewy mornings can be pretty miserable.