Trip No 87 Carp Fishing (2015)

This trip I have moved back to another swim,  I think it may get the sunshine a bit better first thing in the morning.  It’s a bit hit and miss at the moment, as this is only my first year on the lake and I need to work out which part of this bank produce more fish over the Winter months.


This swim is just a perfect spot.  It has a nice overhanging branch with a u shape that you can drop your bait under.


Quite like this photo, directly taken into the sun and with no effects used.

For my first take of the day, I was rewarded with a fish stuck in the snag, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, and sitting and waiting and after 30 minutes, I had a nice fat branch to show for my efforts.  So time to move and by just after 11 am, I was back in the same swim as my last trip – hopefully with a better results.  I never even had a chance to feel the fish because as the rod hooped round and I pulled into it, it was already locked solid.


Coffee time and some reflection.

Not my day at the moment, just had a tench of about 6 lb.  I was going to move,  however decided to stay put for the last hour & a half and see what happens.

Well as time draws ever closer to my packing up time, I was typing this blog up and the rod hops over in the rest.  I have the clutch done up tight, there is a single bleep as I grab the rod and sink the tip under the water.  I pull the fish gently out from under the overhanging trees (no tench this time), it was a nice fat 21 lb 4 oz common.





It just proves that anything can happen in the last few minutes.

Till next time

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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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