Trip No 52, Carp Fishing (2014)


On the lake again and hoping for a winter carp, as I don’t have many more trips this year.  I like to spend Christmas with the family.

Unfortunately, I did not get down here in time for last light today.  There is way too much work on at the moment.  With the wind picking up (there is a stormy front pushing across tonight) and the rain starting to get heavy, my swim choice has to be one of the swims I had been baiting up on the way home, after every trip.  I have picked the one on the sheltered side of the lake, as I didn’t feel that the cold wind pushing onto the other bank would be very productive.

I dropped both baits in the margins.  With small stick mix bags and a pop up on, there is still plenty of leaves around.

It was now time for some nice homemade stew that the wife had done (which has nicely kept warm in my Thermos food flask) and a cup of coffee.  I settled down to watch a flim on my phone, I had only one ear plugged in and the sound down low.

Some will say this is not real fishing, I evrn did once.  However, after some 34 years of Winter carp fishing, I have realised it helps to get me through the long winter nights.  I have done my time as a harded Winter angler.
Maybe, it’s just modern carp fishing with all its other gadgets we have these days.

I did feel confident with the weather as it is, however, no joy again.

Till next time
Richard

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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