The Key to my Quick Sessions – Craig Mortimer

craig_quick1As a lot of you will know, I tend to do a lot of quick overnighters throughout the working week. Working from 9 till 5, Monday to Friday and only getting 20 days holiday a year there isn’t much time for me to do mid-week sessions, leaving me only the busiest time on the bank being weekends.

One reason I do a lot over overnighters is it gives me more of a chance to get on the fish, get on the going swims or even to keep the bait going in and knowing I will have more of a chance to fish the baited spots without other anglers being there.

A lot of my time will be getting to the lake before or after work and not even fishing. Just watching the water for signs and working out what they are doing at certain times of the day and the areas they like to visit. Once I can find this out the rest is relying on a decent bait and rig components I’m 100% confident in.

craig_quick2What I mean by this is if I turn up at the lake first light of the day I’m planning to do an overnighter and I find fish, this gives me a good idea of the area I should be coming back to after work. I may, if possible, introduce some bait where I have seen them, giving them a free feed enabling me to come back and get the rigs straight in position for the evening ahead.

Baiting up has really paid off for me, baiting a few spots and just keep it going in. I’m not talking about filling it in but as long as you keep it going in regularly the fish will soon see this as a safe feeding ground allowing you to then introduce the rigs on the overnighters and catching a few before other people catch wind of the spots.

I’ve been baiting a lot just recently with the new Bait-Tech Poloni boilie. Baiting with boilie can be very easy, using a catapult or a throwing stick, bait can be applied in any amounts very fast and very quick. It also enables me to bait up in the dark with as little disturbance as possible. No spods or spombs crashing into the water allowing you to stay stealth in the dark from the other anglers.

It then comes down to the rig and the components used. On quick sessions I will always use heli setup hinge stiff rigs or the naked chods. With these setups I can get rigs in position quickly, quietly and I know I’m always fishing.

You get very little tangles or problems with these presentations and they can be fished over more of less any lake bed. You’re always up against time on overnighters so getting rigs in the water with less noise, disturbance is always going to be a winner in my eyes.


This may all sound and seem like hard work, and believe me it is. Getting the rods out at 7pm and reeling it at 6 am is horrible, but it really can make all the difference and help you put more fish on the bank. Getting to the lake at first light, finding fish and then going to work really sucks, but knowing you’re going back in the evening and you may possibly catch is what gives me the buzz to keep going.


I know I haven’t made it sound all glamorous and nice but when you get the results there is no better feeling knowing all that hard work has paid off!

Craig Mortimer
Carp Catcher



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