When night fishing for carp, a bivvy, or carp tent, is one of the most important parts of your equipment. A successful night can stand or fall with a good shelter to spend the night in. With the unpredictability of the British weather, it's wise to always make sure you have a roof over your head when you're sleeping on the bank. You can be sure that your fishing will be less successful and less enjoyable if you are lying on your stretcher in a soaking wet sleeping bag!
There are a number of things to consider when buying a carp tent. It is important that you make a wise choice because this is a purchase you should be able to enjoy for years. Therefore, think carefully whether you want to go for a single or double tent. A two-person tent, also known as a two-man bivvy, is spacious enough to accommodate two people with two bedchairs and all the other equipment (think of a carryall, a bivvy table, an extra tackle box and so on) that you take with you when fishing for a night. Using a two-person tent while fishing alone is also possible, you'll have a lot of extra space, making it more comfortable. However, some sites are so small in terms of space that you cannot set up a two-man bivvy. And if even a one-man bivvy does not fit on the swim, then you can always opt for a brolly.
Carp tents are available in so many variations that you have almost endless choice. For example, you can choose a carp tent with an inner tent, if you like. You can also order an overwrap or extra skin - with many bivvy tents, so that the tent gets warmer and you don't have to deal with that annoying condensation inside the bivvy. A groundsheet is also a good addition to have with a bivvy, so you don't have to keep your feet in the wet grass or mud. Some carp tents have a fixed groundsheet, but this is not the case with most tents. In almost all cases, a ground sheet comes standard with the bivvy.