Trip No 76 Carp Fishing (2015)

With my eldest away at Brownie camp and the wife away with the youngest at the mother-in-laws.  I am able to get away for another Saturday night,  no dancing rubbish on the TV for me tonight.


I have opted for a small point which sticks out into the lake, this allows me to fish along the right hand margin.  I must stress that I am only underarm flicking the bait along some 8 ft from the swim and 4 ft off the tree line as anything else would be very dangerous to the fish’s well fare at night.  Safety first and catching second.


I have made a small change this time and I am only fishing ground up boilies.  I have something like 3 kgs and will split this over both rod’s.


The other rod, I have tried to think a bit out of the box in this swim, as normally everyone is fishing to the island and I know that no fish have come from here for sometime.  However, they do move up and down this margin.  I know this as to the right of me is my normal day swim I have been fishing.  So, I have flicked the marker around about 20/30 yards off the bank and found a nice flat lightly silted area as I did not wish to fish both rod’s close in.  There is a nice overhanging tree to the right that looks very appealing.


I feel this a bit too close and could be problematic at night, if I had a bait under it and also it would be in the swim and get disturbed, when I catch fish on the other rod.


The rain arrived as the weather man predicted and once it had passes through, you get that fantastic light only autumn brings.



Truly stunning yellow.

As night fell, I had my first bream of the night.  Joy.

Amazingly, the night was completely uneventful, with not a single bleep.  All that happened was a considerable temperature change.  This resulted in thick fog at one point in the night, which turned into a very misty morning.


This has mostly gone by the time I stuck my head out the bag.

I re-baited both rod’s around 1030, in the hope of a day time fish.  The left had rod I moved closer to the snags as it was now day time.

At 1 pm the left-hand rod was off and diving under the trees, as I picked the rod up the tip immediately went under the water and gently got the fish out.  The water was getting clearer and the swim stuck out into the lake beyond the tree’s.  I could see the fish next to me battling to get back under the trees and I also could see and feel the size.  It was amazing to think that I may well be playing my 4 th thirty of the month!

Once the fish was finally in open water it was just a matter of time before it slipped over the cord and another epic snag battle was over.



34lb 1oz, 4th thirty of October

I rebaited and flicked it down to the same spot.


Bucket Time

By 1600 hrs and no signs of any other fish and I need to get my kit sorted out for a 4 night session later on this week with my friend Rob Nunn from Bait-Tech. I started to pack up .

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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