Trip No 56 Carp Fishing (2016)

It’s been sometime since I did a weekend and I was pleasantly surprised how many swims were free.


However, with a friend arriving tomorrow morning, I was mindful of my swim selection.  The fact was I was quite looking forward to a social and a few glasses of wine.  As luck would have it, the island was free and the wind was pushing nicely onto it.  I was quite suppressed it was still free.


After my last trip here and a couple of lost fish, I had to think hard about my approach to the swim.  Firstly, I was not to keen on fishing the same range, so after a lead around, I was quite happy with a nice silty area and I spombed out 2 kilo of boilies over a large area.  I had to be mindful of the swan and I placed two rod’s on this area, both with washed out  pop ups on different colours.


The first night was uneventful and a misty start to the day, amazingly the fish area showing signs of spawning, they are following each other around quite a lot this morning.


My friend arriving and a few glass of wine where consumed and that was the afternoon, carp were in full spawning mode .


I would normally head home when the fish start their game’s.  However, with no real knowledge of fish stocks, type of carp, it was a great opportunity to see a few good mirrors amongst all the commons.  By the evening they had calmed down a lot and with some rain forecast over night, I thought there could be a chance to pick a carp up, who had not joined the party.  But in the night they where off in full on spawning mode and we had no real chance.


A perfect morning and the fish where still going strong.

Time for food and dry every thing off, head home and leave the fish to their business.

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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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2 Responses to Trip No 56 Carp Fishing (2016)

  1. Sam says:

    Really like your blog Richard – keeps me going when I don’t have time to go fishing! Keep up the good work!

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