NO LIONS, NO WITCHES, BUT LOTS OF BAIT (Carp overnighters) – Blog entry 577

 

 

The TV channel, UK Gold, has recently started showing old episodes of Happy Days. Anyone remember The Fonz? Yeah, that’s the series. Anyway, in the episode I watched prior to doing the overnighter in the first outing this week, there was a beatnik. As I was stretched out under the stars, shorts and no shoes a few hours later, I thought that was perfect timing.

Fishing beatnik-style
Fishing beatnik-style

As it happened I also fished beatnik-style as well. With one rod in a dense clump of weed all night and the other boilie-less when I reeled in, it was no surprise I blanked. I returned to the same venue for another overnighter and again experienced massive problems with the weed. The recent weather has seen a surge in sub-surface growth and certainly in the shallows it has affected the fishing.

it's always to get the first of the week on the bank
It’s always to get the first of the week on the bank

To round the week off I kept to the theme of doing an overnighter. I never use the pre-fix ‘quick’ as it seems to be a trendy, but irrelevant, buzz-phrase in carp circles. A ‘quick overnighter’ is a popular term but ultimately an overnighter is just that and nothing more. Not that I’m criticising anyone, of course, just an observation. Although in the summer months, if you’re on late and off early I fully appreciate the brevity of it all.

Watching and waiting as the sun sets
Watching and waiting as the sun sets

The place I fished is similar to the opening venue in that its not a ‘runs’ water. Generally speaking though, what these type of places don’t offer in quantity they more than make up for with quality. Fishing can be to each one of us what we want, but that suits me perfectly. I caught three carp and they were all good fish, certainly very welcome as far as I was concerned.

Another nice carp on the bank
Another nice carp to pose with

As you can see from the video, the fish were all banked right at the end as well. That’s angling for you, three blank nights and then I catch right at the end in daylight. As I also say, there’s a difference between being stubborn and sticking at something. Angling is like life, in that we need to know where one ends and the other begins. And talking of the video,they’re all now in HD.

Keeping the best till last
Keeping the best till last

Producing videos in HD doesn’t affect the filming or the editing, that’s as before. The difference is in the uploading. Whereas previously I could get a video on YouTube in minutes, now it takes hours. The good thing though is once the button  is pushed, I can let the computer do the work, so I’m not just sitting around waiting. (Published August 2 2014)