Trip No 32 Carp Fishing

I am out for two nights this weekend, which is nice.


I have picked a swim which gives me access to a few good features.  Such as overhanging trees, pads, reeds on the left hand margin and in the open water, nice clear spots up-against weed beds.  All carpy type features.

Day – Night 1

It was all quiet on the first night, despite seeing fish and the conditions be perfect.  I was full of confidence that something would happen, hey, that’s fishing for you.  A bit of a rethink is needed may be?.

At around 1000 hrs, I redid all my rods and changed one of the rod’s to a bottom bait.  I left the others as pop ups.  There is a fair amount of weed in this lake, my plan was to rebait now and only reel in at home time tomorrow, unless (and I hope) a fish picks up one of my baits.

Night & day – 2

There was a bit of rain early evening, the sun came out for a perfect evening and with night closing in, the mist appeared and the lake looked a perfect carp anglers post card,  just stunning.

I had been having beeps a lot of the night (on and off).  At 0550 the middle rod was off, it was attached to a very unhappy carp.  It proceeded to weed me up twice and nearly bury itself in the pads to the right of me and take the left hand rod out.  All good fun.  Finally this hard fighting fully was in the net.  Not the largest fish, however, only my second from this place.  This is an achievement, in itself, so I am chuffed.


A good sight for first thing in the morning.


Both rod’s were re-baited again with Bait-Tech Poloni boilies and mixed groundbait and pellet in the bags to combat the weed.

At around midday, it was time to reel in and head for home.

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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2 Responses to Trip No 32 Carp Fishing

  1. Nice to see all the Carping efforts have paid off!


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