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24-Hour Carp Fishing in the UK: Spring Night Fishing Secrets

There's a unique allure to 24-hour carp fishing sessions. The stillness of night, punctuated by the occasional splash of a feeding carp, creates a sense of anticipation and adventure. The extended session allows you to delve deeper into the carp's world, observing their patterns and tendencies.

As spring arrives, the overnight hours offer a distinct tactical edge for those willing to venture into the darkness. Warmer water temperatures stir carp into activity, and with careful planning, your night under the stars can yield impressive catches.

Preparing for Spring Night Fishing: Gear and Tactics

Preparation is paramount when targeting carp through the night during spring. The right gear and a calculated approach to the session will make a world of difference:

  • Rods and Reels: Opt for carp rods with good casting ability and a forgiving action to handle powerful runs in the dark. Pair them with reels primed with a tough mainline suitable for your target venue and strong shock leaders to handle snags or sudden surges.
  • Terminal Tackle: Choose strong, sharp hooks in sizes appropriate for your bait presentation. Rigs like the chod rig or hinged stiff rig excel in spring due to their anti-eject properties. Select lead setups that correspond to the lake bed conditions, ensuring your presentation is both secure and undetectable.
  • Bait: Spring carp respond well to high-attract baits. Brightly coloured pop-ups or wafters fished over a bed of boilies, pellets, and particles can be a winning combination. Experiment with different flavours – fruity or fishy scents often entice spring carp. Try soaking your hookbaits in matching dips or glugs for an extra boost of attraction.


Essential Night Fishing Gear for Carp Anglers

Beyond the standard carp fishing equipment, night sessions require some specialised gear to ensure both success and comfort:

  • Bivvy or Shelter: Invest in a good quality bivvy or brolly system. Spring weather can be unpredictable, so a waterproof shelter is vital. A bivvy with an overwrap provides extra insulation, keeping you warm and dry in changeable conditions. Consider features like mozzie mesh vents for warmer nights and a porch area for storing muddy boots and gear.
  • Bedchair and Sleeping Bag: Comfort is key when you're spending an entire night on the bank. A dedicated carp bedchair with adjustable legs and ample padding will ensure a decent night's rest. Choose a sleeping bag with a warmth rating suitable for the expected temperatures.
  • Lighting: A headlamp with red and white light modes is indispensable. The red light preserves your night vision while rigging baits or attending to a run. A powerful torch or bivvy lantern is great for general tasks and illuminating your surroundings. Spare batteries are a must!

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  • Bite Alarms: High-sensitivity bite alarms with a receiver are non-negotiable. Opt for a set with adjustable volume and tone settings, allowing you to customise the alerts without disturbing other anglers.
  • Clothing: Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures. Start with thermal base layers, followed by a fleece mid-layer and a waterproof, breathable outer shell. Pack a warm hat, gloves, and waterproof boots – spring nights can still get chilly.
  • Food and Drink:  Bring a thermos flask for hot drinks and plan some simple, warm meals. A compact camping stove makes cooking a breeze. Pack plenty of snacks and water to stay hydrated and energised.
  • Carp Care: Night fishing doesn't mean neglecting fish welfare. A large, padded unhooking mat and a weigh sling are a must. Carry a carp care kit containing antiseptic and any other necessary treatments.
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  • Organisation:  A well-organised bivvy is crucial at night. Tackle boxes, head torch, bait, and other essentials should have designated spots. Invest in a bivvy light with a hanging hook to easily illuminate your space.

Advanced Tactics for Spring Night Fishing Success

To truly excel in spring night fishing, employ these advanced tactics to outsmart those wary carp:

  • Location is Key: During spring, carp venture into shallower areas at night, seeking warmer water and feeding opportunities. Target margins, bays, areas near overhanging trees, islands, or gravel bars.
  • Pre-Baiting: If possible, introduce a small amount of high-attract bait to your chosen swim a few evenings before your session to draw carp in and establish a feeding pattern.
  • Attractive Baits: Use brightly coloured pop-ups or wafters tipped with contrasting corn or imitation maggots for maximum visual appeal. Experiment with pungent, fruity, or fishmeal-based flavours and matching dips to tempt those spring carp.
  • Stealth: Minimise noise and light disturbance to avoid spooking the fish. Use subdued lighting, move quietly, and cast smoothly.
  • Weather Awareness: Warm, southerly winds often increase carp activity. Pay attention to barometric pressure, too—falling pressure can trigger feeding spells.
  • Multiple Rigs: Have several rods ready with different rigs and bait presentations so you can adapt quickly to changing conditions or fish preferences.
  • Bait Checks: Refresh your bait regularly to maintain its attractiveness. This practice is especially important in spring when natural food sources are more prevalent.
  • Zig Rigs: When other tactics fail, try a zig rig. This suspends your bait in mid-water, often intercepting cruising carp.
  • Stay Patient and Observant: Pay attention to subtle signs of carp activity, such as rolling, bubbling, or showing fish. Adjust your tactics and location accordingly.

Staying Comfortable and Safe During Overnight Sessions

A successful 24-hour session means prioritising both comfort and safety throughout the night. Consider these additional tips:

  • Safety First: Inform someone about your fishing location and expected return time. If possible, fish with a buddy for extra safety.
  • Stay Warm and Dry: Invest in proper thermal clothing and a quality sleeping bag with a suitable warmth rating. Hot water bottles provide extra cosiness on chilly nights. For rainy weather, ensure your bivvy is fully waterproof and consider a groundsheet inside to prevent dampness.
  • Creature Comforts:  A comfy camping chair allows for rest breaks outside your bivvy. Pack a small first-aid kit in case of minor mishaps. Insect repellent is a good idea, especially near water.
  • Take Breaks: Don't push yourself beyond your limits. Take short breaks to stretch your legs, rehydrate, and refocus. A short walk can help revive waning energy levels.
  • Wildlife Awareness:  Be mindful of your surroundings—secure food and bait containers to deter unwanted animal visitors.
  • Power Up:  A portable power bank ensures your bite alarms, receiver, phone, and lights stay charged throughout your session.


The unique challenges and rewards of 24-hour carp fishing in spring are undeniable. By mastering the art of night fishing, understanding spring carp behaviour, and embracing the stillness of those overnight hours, you set yourself up for carping success!

Remember, preparation and strategic thinking are key. With the right gear, tactics, and a comfortable setup, you'll be well-equipped to make the most of the spring night fishing opportunities the UK offers.

If you're looking to upgrade your gear for your next 24-hour carp fishing adventure, contact us at CPS Tackle today. Our team of expert anglers can help you choose the perfect rods, reels, bite alarms, and all the essential night fishing equipment to elevate your catches. Let's make this spring your most successful carp season yet!

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