Trip No 83 Carp Fishing (2016)

I am out for a 24 hr session this Saturday night.  I have all of the top lake to myself and with the strong winds pushing onto the daisy bank, there’s no other place to be.

The weather today is all over the place, one minute sunshine, the next strong winds and thunder and then back to sunshine.

Which means no looking at the lake and four storm poles and a view of the small bay.

I am fishing the same area as my last trip in the same swim and with both rod’s on the baited area (which is a couple of kilos of Spotted Fin Catalyst boilies mixed-up with pellet and soaked in Catalyst Food Dip).

Much to my surprise, the afternoon and evening pasted with out a fish, despite a couple showing themselves near the baited area.  I dropped off to sleep watching the lake and feeling confident that a fish would come my way over night.  Sure enough at about 4 am the left-hand rod was off and after a lot to mucking around in the margins, I had a lovely Common in the net.

26lb 1oz common

I was feeling quite confident that a few more fish would come my way and sat watching the lake with a brew.  By around 0630 this was not happening. Time to catch up on some sleep and I got back into the bag for a couple of hours.  I could hear a few fish crashing again to the right of me and fell asleep expecting to be woken by a take.  Unfortunately, this was not the case and by 10 am I needed to start packing up and head home.  Very happy with my results as I had not been on the lake for a good week or more.

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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