Trip No 51, Carp Fishing (2014)

On the bank yet again,  that’s twice this week!  As Christmas is fast approaching, I have only got 2 more trips planned and that will be that for 2014. 

For some reason or another, my fishing year runs the same as a normal year.  I know some anglers who run their year from one season to the next.  I have always done my year with the ‘normal’ one,  even before the whole fishing year was opened up.  I think it’s to do with me always writing things in a dairy and as I always got one for Christmas,  my fishing year started in January.


Just made it down for last light and with a quick look round (to see if I could spot any fishy signs). There are no real signs, but for some reason I have settled on the reeds at the top of the lake.  It just felt warmer up there sheltered from this bitter cold north wind, which has been blowing for the last couple of days.

Same set up as the past few weeks.  One rod on the reeds and the other under a margin bush.


We will see what the night brings.

Unfortunately, this lake had got harder over the years I have fished winters on here.  However, the fish have got bigger and as they say, more effort equals more rewards.  Bring it on (a nice big fat common).

Just another good nights sleep.

Till next time


About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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