Trip No 53 Carp Fishing (2016)

What a week I have had!  My car got hit, I was sick and then the car broken down, as this was my three things, my week started to get better.  More Summit Tackle arrived and I got my Katran UK deal sorted and a nice package arrived – a Fishspy  arrived for me to have a play with and a I had a 3 day weekend.  I just had to go fishing and the wind was pushing from the north again, I headed straight for the swims on the back of the wind and my best option was one of the island swims.


And with plenty of sunshine forecast and despite the frosty nights we have been having, I was feeling quite confident.

As the video shows, the storm didn’t help.  However, I was still feeling that when the fish feed, I would be in the right area.  I was fishing near the overhanging trees off two of the islands and an interception route out of the sanctuary area.



Both areas had been baited up with half a kilo of chopped boilies with a small Godman Pva mesh bag filled with micro pellets and soaked in  oil.

It was a funny day, what  with the storm and then swallows & and the martins skimming across the lake. I also heard cuckoos about.


New Summit Tackle buzz bars and stabilizer, looking the part.

The night was fun as well, 2 dropped fish in open water around a snag I never new was there.  This is starting to become a bit of a habit and not a very good one, as you can imagine, am pretty fed up this morning.  Onwards and upwards as they say.




However, did get some very nice photos and hopefully still time to bag a fish.

Despite the wind changing direction to a warm S/W blow.


They where the only runs I had, just a shame I did not get them in the net. Bait & location working well, luck not so good.

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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