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   Midweek Overnighters: the routine
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   Old Thread  #23 11 May 2022 at 6.29pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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This is the best edge yet
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   Old Thread  #22 11 May 2022 at 6.28pm  2Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This year Iíve discovered one of my best edges for overnighters in years. Get one of your mates a ticket for where you fish, knowing he fishes the night before you. Then when you turn up heís done all the boring donkey work of walking it in the pissing rain to find the fish, you can simply turn up and fish where he tells you they have been showing. Honestly itís revolutionised my angling this year.
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   Old Thread  #21 11 May 2022 at 6.21pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Recently decided to start a campaign of one midweek overnght session before work a week ,, lasted one night, i couldnt get to sleep at all , turned up for work feeling like proper **** , it didnt get any better as the day went on, mentally scared me for life .
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   Old Thread  #20 8 May 2022 at 8.39am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ya we can go to far scaling down becomes uncomfortable in the 80s I would do 4 nights and go to work every day while my mate watched my gear would feel tired second day then I would feel ok
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   Old Thread  #19 8 May 2022 at 7.52am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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5 lites of water makes a lot of tea for 12 hours.


Tea? No way, don't drink that stuff. Coffee for me.

Water for my pasta and coffee for the morning, and I would always refill the water container as soon as I got home. Much rather have too much water than run out.
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   Old Thread  #18 8 May 2022 at 7.06am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The routine

Fish somewhere where you can get your car behind you ideally, save barrowing and you can leave the majority of your gear in the car

Minimal gear, quick set up bivvy or brolly with no groundsheet etc.

Food wise, If i am going after work I get something on the way and just take a few bits with me or sometimes take a sandwich, breakfast wise, same as, get something at work or on the way. Brew kit basically or sometimes I just take a bottle of orange juice or water, Itís messing about cooking that becomes the bind for me

When you get up put the sleeping kit away then the shelter, rods out last, I usually plod away for 30 minutes then there is no last minute rushing

Can become very tiring though when you have been up netting fish through the night, takes its toll if you are at it regular lol
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   Old Thread  #17 7 May 2022 at 11.13pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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5 lites of water makes a lot of tea for 12 hours.
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   Old Thread  #16 7 May 2022 at 8.52pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I used to do overnighters around work on Ardleigh Reservoir, which is recorded as 120 acres.

I would finish work at 6pm, drive home, load the gear into the car, then drive to the reservoir, and park in the Ardleigh Lodge Lane. A walk along the bank searching for fish in both directions. If the fish were at Wick Lane, I would drive down to that dam, park up and set up, if in the reservoir between Lodge Lane and main car park I'd decide which was a shorter walk.

If I couldn't see them, I'd head over to the Butterfly arm for a look-see, then decide where to fish.

I got the gear down to what I could but even so it might mean 2 trips with no barrow if I was putting in a lot of bait.

Rod holdall with a small JRC Roamer Dome, 3 rods already rigged up, only needing to put bait and lead on.
Tackle box, rucksack containing camera, stove and cooking equipment and food for evening meal and coffee, bait, scales, buzzer bars and alarms, etc, then my bedchair with sleeping bag folded up in it. I usually also had 5litres of water and a bucket of groundbait.



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   Old Thread  #15 7 May 2022 at 8.19pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thatís my problem. My syndicate is full of fish. Iím having 6 or so a night and going to work ****ed 🤣 itís not the one for work overnighters
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   Old Thread  #14 7 May 2022 at 7.49pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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great thread as its just what i'm starting to do.
fishing a tough water so a carp is a real bonus , now just starting the weekday / work over nighters now that daylight is on my side - plus having kids and family life weekends are taken up.

not sure there's much that hasn't been thought of - its not rocket science

for me its eat well , sleep well and travel with the bare minimum (after all - i've work the next day)
if your not comfortable - your not enjoying it.

done the whole scaling down massively but became uncomfortable - ultra lightweight bedchair (crap nights sleep) , eating crap (never good anyway) etc etc ...

I've an original fox flatliter sleep system - heavy but great night sleep , usually take a fox brolly or mk1 tempest and bare minimal tackle for the job ahead (can always leave extras in the van just in case)

being able to have a quick packdown is a must , i'm usually at the van by 6am - ready for a work start at 7am (and i can shower at work which is a bonus)

oh - & dont fish a runs water & dont take the usual weekends session amount of beers
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   Old Thread  #13 6 May 2022 at 4.07pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a berlingo mulispace 1,6 diesel turbo brilliant motor for fishing the side sliding doors where very useful box shaped so no slope and high take out back seats bed in back I would recommend it
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   Old Thread  #12 6 May 2022 at 3.53pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iíve absolute love them lately. Arrive at the lake 5:30pm off by 6:30am. Done 6 stunning fish to mid 30s from a difficult weedy park lake.

2 x 9ft rods.
No brew gear.
All tackle loaded in barrow bag for speed.

Packed up in 10 mins max
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   Old Thread  #11 6 May 2022 at 3.05pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've just bought a citron berlingo old 1.9 diesel multispace one with rear sears took rear seats out bed in back. set up and pack up within 5 mins only got it because syndicate I'm on parking in 90 percent if pegs and quite alot have little done our vans but so so much easier and them work nights are lovely no packing bivvy away wet ect
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   Old Thread  #10 6 May 2022 at 9.57am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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After doing quite a few (Monday) nights like this last year, my best tip would be:

Don't fish too well, you won't get enough sleep!

More constructively, early morning trips to look round, and if possible bait up, on days you're not fishing (+ when you leave) is well worth it. Obviously not easy on busy waters...
Personally I definatly need to improve my setting up and packing down effeciency, so good tips here.
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   Old Thread  #9 5 May 2022 at 7.46pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I love overnighters. I'm a volunteer bailiff on one lake at our club so I'm down on the lake 2 or 3 times a week. Fishing at least once, preferably overnight.

My plan is always find some fish early in the week and keep giving them some bait. Almost always in an underfished spot (easier said than done at times).

Prep everything before I go
- Rods, rigs, distance clips
- Bait prepped. I do a mix that will either go in a spod or in by hand plus hookbaits.

I have a brolly, two rods, spod rod, sling, net, distance sticks in thinking anglers quiver

ESP rucksack carrying most stuff including bait and water

Lightweight bedchair

Unhooking mat with buzz bars/alarms/bobbins & brew kit bag in it - I for one love a lot of hot drinks so that's not going to be left out

Currently I normally use a barrow (porterlight) but I'm thinking of dropping this. Just makes everything easy to carry and doesn't slow me down much at all.

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