Trip No 88 Carp Fishing (2016)

With all my stuff packed and ready to go for the night, my wife’s friend called at 1615 and asked if she would like to go to the theatre and see something.  With the weather looking perfect there was only one thing to do and yes.  I do fish quite a bit.  My next thought was do I fish the next day?  With the weather looking very sunny for the next day, I was hoping that the rain would colour the water and my snaggy swim would be perfect.

With only a couple more day trips available to me before the school holiday’s, I am back in my favourite one rod under the bushes swim.

With a bit of wind on the water, the conditions looked perfect.  A couple of handfuls of the Catalyst, and a small bag with a Natural Pop Ups – the trap was set.

After a couple of hours I was starting to wonder if I was going to blank again, when the rod hooped around and I was attached to a stunning Common that would not give up the fight.

26lb 6oz of stunning Common.

I nearly moved on to another swim, but housework was calling and I just may have the time again tomorrow.

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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