Trip No 83 Carp Fishing (2015)

Over the next couple of trips I will be concentrating on the margin snags.  I heard the other night a few fish along that bank and I feel it’s time to have another go.


All very close quarters fishing and an amazing adrenaline rush when you get a take,  let’s hope so.

After about 1 hour, the rod bust into life with a very unhappy carp attached.  It was doing it’s best to gain some ground and get back under the trees and there was no way was I letting that happened.  After a few bids for freedom from the fish, which included a pretty big attempt that nearly had the fish out in the main lake.  This would have been a disaster,  as the trees stick out about 30 ft or so and I’m not sure if the fish would have got itself round the tip of the trees.  Once under a bit more control, the fish just plodded under my rod tip in the deep margins until it finally slipped over the cord.



27 lb 6oz of stunning Mirror Carp.

Once all the photos and videos had been done and with 3 hour’s still to go, I moved onto my next swim which was some 40 yards down the bank.


This swim has had a well needed haircut.

I used the same tactics as before, a few handfuls of chopped up Bait-tech Poloni Boilies with a 14 mm pop up and a small Godman Angling mesh bag filled with micro – my new stick mix, that I have made up using Bait-tech products and some of their micro pellet range.

Unfortunately, that was the only fish of the day,  but who cares?  It was a beauty.

Until next time

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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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