Trip No 77 Carp Fishing (2015)

This trip I am out for a few nights, with my old friend Rob Nunn from Bait-Tech.  We are fishing a lake near the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder that I have not fished for over 30 years.  Back then it was very open plan but now it has matured into a stunning venue.




We met up at the lake at around 1 pm and had a good walk around and a chat with the head bailiff Gary.  There where a few people fishing and with the wind changing direction we opted for a couple of swims on the right hand side bank which backed onto the river.

I put one of my rod’s on the drop off of the island after some advice from Rob, that this is a good area and in the past has produced some good fish.


After markering I did feel a perfect place to put in a bait.  I spombed out around 6 large loaders of chopped boilies.  These had been soaking in hemp oil and fished a 18mm bottom bait on a blowback rig, with a Versacast filled with Bait-tech Hemp oil.


The second rod was fished in the channel between the island and the bank where I had found a nice clear area.  This also had the same spomb treatment,  however I am fishing a pop up on this rod.

The first night was completely uneventful and after a brew and a chat, we decided that a move around to the other side of the lake looked more favourable.

Unfortunately, Rob missed out on the swim he fancied and had to go to the right of me.  However, as luck would have it, there where still the odd fish showing in front of him.


The left hand rod was cast just to the left of me, only a couple of rod lengths of the bank, near a nice overhanging Willow tree, as there was a possibility of chod on the bottom.  I fished the pop up rod here and the right hand rod was going to be the bottom bait.  This was cast directly in font of me at the back of a gravel patch,  with 3 large spombs of chops over the top.


Just perfect for me.

By now, it was noon and the rain had arrived, also the wind finally changed to the South Easterly we where hoping for.


So far this afternoon, we had seen a lot more fish and I was feeling more confident after the move.

With night arriving there was the odd fish showing.  However, still no fish on the bank for us, we would have to see what the night and the early hours bring.


Through the second night, the wind picked up more and was blowing nicely on to our bank.  You could hear the odd fish crash in the night, this was quite hopeful.  I awoke around six and unfortunately still no action, despite still seeing the odd carp show.

I was hoping the wind would push the fish more onto the bank as the day progress.  The rain set in around 8am and with no phone signal it wasn’t possible to get any updates

I was still feeling confident that there was a high possibility of catching a carp or two, as the conditions had improved – we would just have to see.

Around mid morning and a couple of brews later, we both decided that we would call it a day and go home.  I would be able to get out on the Meadow for Saturday morning and night.

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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