I go to France with my family several times per year. To keep them sweet I don’t fish during the day, but go out sight seeing, shopping, markets, swimming lakes etc. At first I thought this would be a disadvantage, but actually my results have improved. If the water is easy I just fish evening and mornings as I don’t want to be awake all night. If the water is a little harder I tend to fish nights. I believe the advantages are:
- Resting the water during the day means the fish will not be disturbed.
- With no lines in the water fish will move in and feed confidently.
- I fish more efficiently as I am alert due to shorter sessions.
- I am fishing during optimum feeding periods.
- I get to see some of the beautiful French countryside.
I believe that baiting of the swim is crucial. One can never put down hard and fast rules, but I have found the following to give very consistent results:
- Bait up just before dark, not when I start fishing in the evening as there could be feeding fish already in the swim. (this applies to night or evening/ morning fishing)
- Bait up again just before going out with the family in the morning.
- Don’t bait up first thing in the morning or immediately after returning from a day out as the fish could have moved onto the bait and baiting up will spook them.
My family and I enjoy this approach very much. I get to fish and a family holiday, what could be better?