Long vs Short sessions

Zerkalo

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One thing I plan to do more of this year, is on my evening sessions, stay an hour or two into darkness. I usually chicken out just before it gets dark as I find that time of day spooky and sometimes have a night drive home.
 

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Short sessions.
Time has taught me sitting all day in blazing sunshine is best done in the garden enjoying the fruits of our labour by completing all the chores and gardening in the morning.

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Will head down lakes early evening and have a wander. After taking into consideration wind direction from which I determine possible tow and any other anglers I will pick peg I fancy and method to fish. I have found best fishing is at twilight and continues into darkness.
This year I have fished mainly a slider set up - even in darkness.
A low level powered led bike light on a bankstick angled across water works a treat.
 

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On commercials, I am amazed at how many people disappear after 4:30.......I have found 4.30 till 6 30 produces great results sometimes turning a poor day into a great one... suddenly the fish turn on.. I normally start late morning and fish for 6/7 hours.
 

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How long do you tend to stay on the bank for? For me it depends but I'm pretty notorious for fishing all day.

It depends on where I'm fishing. A lot of places I fish require an early start to get the chosen pegs, then the evening is the best time to fish, so I don't want to pack away mid day and then miss the evening if I have bait left. I don't always stay as long, my commercial pleasure sessions are shorter, usually because they're in winter.

I've found an advantage of longer sessions is you stand more chance of catching your target! :LOL: But I will always put the times I catch my fish so as not to deceive I've had a bagging day when I've fished for 12 hours or something.

That being said, on places I can still get a peg in the evening, local river, park in the week, Severn on some stretches, I do love a short evening session.
For me fishing for sessions of less than 8 hours isn't worth the time and effort of prepping tackle, bait, making butties and flask and then travelling ... and that's mid-winter, more 10+ hours in summer.,..

Besides which most short sessions people do are 0600-1100 or 1600-2100 - which means they are not at the waters' side at the most productive 1100-1600 times... early morning and evening times are. to me anyway, an urban myth .... but so long as it keeps the waters quiet for me then ... FANTASTIC!!! :)
 
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On commercials, I am amazed at how many people disappear after 4:30.......I have found 4.30 till 6 30 produces great results sometimes turning a poor day into a great one... suddenly the fish turn on.. I normally start late morning and fish for 6/7 hours.
I think outside of matchmen Commercials attract a crowd out more for the sun and a bit of relaxation then off home for tea or a pint or two than hard core anglers that tend to want to catch when conditions are better. Ps there is absolutely nothing wrong with that by the way.
 

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I used to be "hardcore" now I'm more soft centred :) Still I like to get out 3 or 4 times a week in most conditions.
 

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If it’s a normal Saturday then 3-4 hrs. If it’s an evening then 1-2hrs. Ive fished the river on a summer’s evening, left the house and walked to my swim, taken 4 chub and walk home in under 1.1/2 hrs easy.
 

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For me fishing for sessions of less than 8 hours isn't worth the time and effort of prepping tackle, bait, making butties and flask and then travelling ... and that's mid-winter, more 10+ hours in summer.,..

Besides which most short sessions people do are 0600-1100 or 1600-2100 - which means they are not at the waters' side at the most productive 1100-1600 times... early morning and evening times are. to me anyway, an urban myth .... but so long as it keeps the waters quiet for me then ... FANTASTIC!!! :)
You’re the first person I’ve heard say the middle of the day is most productive!
 

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Shorter and shorter sessions as I get more experienced.

These days I rarely fish longer than 4 hours and often as short as 2.

Fish are pretty simple creatures and at times are entirely predictable.

For me if you have the chance to fish at the best times then it makes sense to do so.

Obviously my comments relate to non match fishing and have a specialist focus - so often I’m only expecting/hoping for one bite in a session
My sessions tend to get shorter as I get older :), but I'm in enhanced pleasure mode once the first one gets in the net. I tend to target bigger fish these days rather than the old delights of silvers in abundance, but the kick I get out of watching that tip go round, or the float sink is still the same. I also enjoy p/w fishing in warm weather even if it is hard work- but I won't be keeping that up for 5 hours.
 

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I tend to only manage short sessions as work and family life gets in the way. I have recently done 2 x 60 hour sessions on a very difficult large venue for the grand total of 0 fish.
 

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Sat on my seatbox I tend to do 5 hours, with it being summer I’m doing 6 hours. If out wandering with lures I can be anything from an hour as that’s all I’ve got time for or a whole day wandering around, fishing and wildlife watching. Mid week evening sessions are always lure based as the setup and pack up time is very short, and always feels like a very naughty pleasure on a work day.
 

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Only get to go a few times a year when my son comes to visit, 8 till 4:30 is usual.
 

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I'm usually in it for the long haul, I like to make a day of it and 12 hour sessions in the summer months aren't unusual. I simply can't see the point of getting everything ready, preparing bait etc, just for a couple of hours.
 

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I'm usually in it for the long haul, I like to make a day of it and 12 hour sessions in the summer months aren't unusual. I simply can't see the point of getting everything ready, preparing bait etc, just for a couple of hours.
4 hours fishing and 8 hours getting ya end tackle back from the trees Pete?:unsure::whistle:
 

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I prefer longer sessions to short sessions always have ,started this morning 6am just finished 8:30 pm lovely day mixed bag all on the float and a 14lb pike turned up 😊
 

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Short 3/4 hour afternoon/evening sessions after work. It takes 11 minutes to drive to my favourite stretch of the Trent. I have hemp and tares in the freezer and they quickly defrost. I bought a pair of proper barbel rods yesterday (sonik, 12ft, 2lb) so I will do some longer barbel sessions (6/8 hours) this summer. Although I will need to buy a decent lightweight chair.
 

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I usually do short sessions of two to four hours, occasionally less, seldom more. I can't leave my wife on her own all day and I tire more easily than in the past - I almost find it hard to believe that long ago there were occasions when I fished two matches in one day (not recommended!).

One advantage of short sessions is that I am very focussed in what I do, the disadvantage is that it's hard to achieve the slow build-up of a swim.
 

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Short sessions in the evening these days. With days of unbroken sunshine and temps in the 30s it is just not worth the discomfort and as for early mornings I am afraid that these days I just can't drag myself out of my scratcher, even for fishing.
 

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If I could get away with the kind of 3 day sessions that some people do, then I'd happily give it a go.

With two young kids, and an unsympathetic wife, that just isn't going to happen.

If I get up in the small hours, or fish into dark i might manage 6 hours of fishing time every other week.
 
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