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Ive seen and heard of people night fishing for carp. i always wanted to try this but never got around to it. Who on here night fishes for carp? The people that do... why do you nigt fish opposed to day time fish.Is it just when it gets really hot in the summer pople night fish because the carp or more active or what? If i go night fihsing what kinda water should i target, Deep or shallow or doesnt it really matter!?1 How many think that fishing at night can and could increase your catches in size and numbers!?! Also if any one has any tips or information on this approach for carp it would be greatly appreaciated!

Thanks, CC

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Ive seen and heard of people night fishing for carp. i always wanted to try this but never got around to it. Who on here night fishes for carp? The people that do... why do you night fish opposed to day time fish.Is it just when it gets really hot in the summer people night fish because the carp or more active or what? If i go night fishing what kinda water should i target, Deep or shallow or doesn't it really matter!?1 How many think that fishing at night can and could increase your catches in size and numbers!?! Also if any one has any tips or information on this approach for carp it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, CC

I night fish here in Texas because of the daytime heat. I prefer deeper water as the carp tend to be there because it is cooler, but I have caught them in two feet right in the edge overnight too. One place I have been fishing recently the carp and buffalo will start to bite when the sun goes down and stop when it comes back up - guess when the best time to fish is? LOL

Night fishing is such a great experience but you have to be properly prepared:

  • Adequate clothing for overnight outdoors (temperatures can and usually do drop at least 20-25F overnight).
  • Be proficient at catching in the daylight before you venture out at night (try fishing into the dark from the evening before you go the whole night)
  • Take food and drink appropriate for the night time weather
  • Have a good headlamp (preferably two) and backup batteries.
  • Fish less rods to start with - it's easier to avoid tangles in the dark
  • Be organized i.e. put stuff down in a specific place and always put it back there, that way you know where it is in the dark, when your batteries have gone out in the headlamp and you are trying to find that thing you need :)

Catching carp at night can be a fun and exciting experience or it can be a complete nightmare - relax, enjoy the night and always remember why you are there.......

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I night fish here in Texas because of the daytime heat. I prefer deeper water as the carp tend to be there because it is cooler, but I have caught them in two feet right in the edge overnight too. One place I have been fishing recently the carp and buffalo will start to bite when the sun goes down and stop when it comes back up - guess when the best time to fish is? LOL

Night fishing is such a great experience but you have to be properly prepared:

  • Adequate clothing for overnight outdoors (temperatures can and usually do drop at least 20-25F overnight).
  • Be proficient at catching in the daylight before you venture out at night (try fishing into the dark from the evening before you go the whole night)
  • Take food and drink appropriate for the night time weather
  • Have a good headlamp (preferably two) and backup batteries.
  • Fish less rods to start with - it's easier to avoid tangles in the dark
  • Be organized i.e. put stuff down in a specific place and always put it back there, that way you know where it is in the dark, when your batteries have gone out in the headlamp and you are trying to find that thing you need :)

Catching carp at night can be a fun and exciting experience or it can be a complete nightmare - relax, enjoy the night and always remember why you are there.......

Thanks a lot keith! Im pretty good at carp fishing now, not grwat but gtood enough to venture out at night... i have all the stuff u listed plusmore haha... And do u feel that carp are just as active at night or more active? And do u feel like u catch bigger quality fish or no difference? and i was wondering deep or shallowe because i wasnt sure how carps behaviors are a night... I wasnt sure if they moved ot deep water or they roamed the shallows in the night.

Thanks, CC

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Thanks a lot keith! Im pretty good at carp fishing now, not grwat but gtood enough to venture out at night... i have all the stuff u listed plusmore haha... And do u feel that carp are just as active at night or more active? And do u feel like u catch bigger quality fish or no difference? and i was wondering deep or shallowe because i wasnt sure how carps behaviors are a night... I wasnt sure if they moved ot deep water or they roamed the shallows in the night.

Thanks, CC

Carp activity at night depends on the weather, the lake the activity on the lake so too variable to comment - some places turn on at night and some turn off.

Again carp quality at night may work in your favor if only smaller ones feed during the day, but on a lot of lakes what feeds at night is the same as during the day.

In warmer weather carp will move into the shallows at night as the shallower water cools down quicker, if you can get bait in the area before they get there you can have some bumper catches in the shallower water. For example a few weeks ago a few of us fished one of the local lakes over night, as the night progressed the carp moved closer in from 15 feet of water to around 6-7 feet, captures just became more and more frequent the longer into the night I fished i.e. 1-2 bites an hour at 9:00 p.m. became 6-8 bites an hour by 6:00 a.m. There was no real change in the quality of the fish just a significant increase in the quantity of fish feeding in the swim. The range also went from 80-100 yards (16 feet depth range) down to 40-50 yards (6-7 feet depth range), after the sun came up the fish could be seen rolling further and further out and the number of bites rapidly decreased until by 9:00 there were no bites and the only signs of fish were over 150 yards from the shore (30+ feet depth).

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Carp activity at night depends on the weather, the lake the activity on the lake so too variable to comment - some places turn on at night and some turn off.

Again carp quality at night may work in your favor if only smaller ones feed during the day, but on a lot of lakes what feeds at night is the same as during the day.

In warmer weather carp will move into the shallows at night as the shallower water cools down quicker, if you can get bait in the area before they get there you can have some bumper catches in the shallower water. For example a few weeks ago a few of us fished one of the local lakes over night, as the night progressed the carp moved closer in from 15 feet of water to around 6-7 feet, captures just became more and more frequent the longer into the night I fished i.e. 1-2 bites an hour at 9:00 p.m. became 6-8 bites an hour by 6:00 a.m. There was no real change in the quality of the fish just a significant increase in the quantity of fish feeding in the swim. The range also went from 80-100 yards (16 feet depth range) down to 40-50 yards (6-7 feet depth range), after the sun came up the fish could be seen rolling further and further out and the number of bites rapidly decreased until by 9:00 there were no bites and the only signs of fish were over 150 yards from the shore (30+ feet depth).

Wow man thanks for all the info! Sounds like a good plan... So ur theory techincally is deep water in the daytime, and shallows at night!

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Wow man thanks for all the info! Sounds like a good plan... So ur theory techincally is deep water in the daytime, and shallows at night!

In the summer on lakes yes...........

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90% of my fishing is done at night. there in closer less pressure and I basically for the most part have only that time to fish. I can tell you that I have fished during the day in the same lakes and not caught nowhere near the fish I catch at night. And I have fished many species and found I have always done better at night for numbers and size of the fish. Give it a go and youll be fishing at night also. Good Luck and be safe

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I've had just as much luck in the day as the night.I prefer to fish in daytime but some of the more popular or better swims are usually busy around here so I fish them at night for the space and quiet. Night fishing usually produces well for me except when there is a full moon. It seems to put the carp off in my experience.

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love night fishing....fewer people, can fish closer ( the margins) BUT.....Just like Scuba Diving, always fish the place in the day first, so you get a feel for it,,I like to get to a place at around 5 or 6 PM, still light enough to see what I'm doing and get a feel for the area,,,,,always fish fewer lines and as far apart as you can get them,,,a good headlight is essential for you as well as whoever is doing the netting,,,,and know where other stuff is well in advance like pliers, etc, etc, remember if you are fishing in area that has mosquitoes , OFF and other repellants also repel fish if you get it on your hands and re-bait ,,,,

be very careful about SNAKES, they love hunting at night as well.. :o

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I must agree and reiterate that bug spray transferred to your bait is bad. Thus, I put great effort into avoiding touching my face with my hands while fishing. If you get into the habit of touching your face with your arm instead, or putting your fingers under you sleeve you'll have less worries. I also make an effort to frequently grab some sand or silt from the bottom of the lake and "wash" my hands with it since the spray is oily and hard to get off. This obviously applies for sunscreen too. Am I overdoing it....maybe, but it gives me confidence so I go with it! Tight lines!

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Post spawn, its mainly a night thing for me. Not necessarily in the same location but try to follow fish through the season and match their pattern. I won't daytime carp fish the home waters again til fall.

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love night fishing....fewer people, can fish closer ( the margins) BUT.....Just like Scuba Diving, always fish the place in the day first, so you get a feel for it,,I like to get to a place at around 5 or 6 PM, still light enough to see what I'm doing and get a feel for the area,,,,,always fish fewer lines and as far apart as you can get them,,,a good headlight is essential for you as well as whoever is doing the netting,,,,and know where other stuff is well in advance like pliers, etc, etc, remember if you are fishing in area that has mosquitoes , OFF and other repellants also repel fish if you get it on your hands and re-bait ,,,,

be very careful about SNAKES, they love hunting at night as well.. :o

I have to agree with Neil... Him and I go fishing at night here in Texas sometimes because lately it's been over 100 degrees just about every day and it's almost getting unbearable. Night fishing is slightly cooler. It's still in the 80's, but much more enjoyable.

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I often night fish in a very shallow park pond( 3-4 feet deep) for several reasons, a lot less bothersome people , the fish are a lot less spooked by movement, I've noticed the fish come closer in to shore, you also have a higher chance of catching one of the few ponds koi as they are a lot less spooky when it is dark, and because you never know what ya got till its in the net :) , just a tip for night fishing carp, BRING BUG SPRAY!!!

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aaaahhh,solitude,stygn black,no head torch,get used to the black,hear rather than see,sense rather than see,get into the natural rhythm of the night,then when your tucked up in the bivvy and you hear the crunch and the crackle of the night think of the blairwitch project, and get the incontenants pants on,ha! ha! ha!,regards b.

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