Trip No 87 Carp Fishing (2016)

With the family away for the weekend, I am out for 48 hrs.  The conditions are looking quite good for fishing, but not for the family on the beach.

Unfortunately for me there where a few other anglers with the same  idea and the area I had hoped to get (right in the face of the wind), was already taken by three anglers.  This covered quiet a vast area and dominated the windy bank.  As I didn’t fancy much else, I headed for the back of the wind and a tree lined bank, that the fish patrol along.  One rod was along there and the other was out on open water at the bottom of a nice drop off.  Both rods had a good helping of Catalyst boilies and I was fishing both rods on Natural pop ups, with small mesh bag’s of chopped boilies soaked in food dip.

The first night past without any action, but as this swim had not been fished for sometime, I thought this may happen.  I need to stay focused on the first full day and my second night.

By 3 pm with still no signs of any carp and with a storm starting to blow through, I had to make a decision move or stay.  After a couple of hours of thinking and going over my options, I felt that I would stay and top the swim up with the remaining bait that I had.  At about 11 pm I had my first take of a small common around the 11 lb mark.  After I re-baited, I lay on my bed and drifted off to sleep, listening to carp crashing about.  I was feeling that my choice to stay was the right one and by 8 am, I had had 5 fish and two smaller ones.

21 lb 6 oz common

17 lb 1 oz mirror (spot the rain drops!)

And another 18 lb 2 oz common + a couple of low doubles.

I fell asleep again around 8 am, the wind and rain was pouring down.  At noon, I was woken by another small carp, who slipped the hook that night.  By then the weather was broken cloud and sunshine.  I was still feeling the buzz of the night and a lot less sleepy and the odd fish was still crashing.  I thought I would give it a bit longer .

And a nice bit of sunshine to dry my kit out.

I stayed on until around 5 pm, but no more carp graced my net.

Until next time


Please subscribe to my Video Diary



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
This entry was posted in 360 rig, Asso Fishing Line, Bag Fishing, Brollys, carp, Carp fishing, Carp Tackle Supplies, CENTURY RODS, Course Fishing, Defiant MPS, Fishing, Fishspy, lake fishing, Pop Ups, richard handel, SP RODS, spomb, Spotted Fin, Steve Neville buzzers, summit tackle, Syndicate Fishing, The Catalyst and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.