Trip No 93 Carp Fishing (2016)

After a week away with the family in Ireland, which was fantastic fun. I am out with my eldest this weekend for two nights.

Unfortunately, the swim selection is based around an area that I can teacher her to float fish and a spot of quiver tipping.  As I believe that children should learn the basic skills, as an all round knowledge of fishing helps you understand watercraft etc.

The youngest was around for the afternoon, until the wife collected her after work.

The area that we picked gave me plenty of options and the ability to keep the carp rod away from the girls.  With plenty of space for some Roach and Rudd fishing.

With the sun going down, we settled in for our first night.  My daughters had quite few Roach and Rudd between them (in between the rain storms).

It was a quiet night, until about 0630 when the right hand rod was of, with a one toner some 80 yards out to a very unhappy Common.  After what felt like forever, the fish was in the margins and under my control.  It was still not giving up the fight, but after another 10 minutes or so, it was finally in the net.

21lb 1oz

Back she goes, the following day was spent teaching my daughter casting skills and ledger & float fishing.  She had plenty of fish – to the point she was bored, so next time we are going after bigger fish.

She has plenty of fish of this size.

I was joined by a friend for the second night, in next swim along.

The second night was very uneventful for me, which was a bit of a surprise.  I was hoping the fish would move onto the baited area.  However, the day was very hot and the wind had changed direction which my have contributed to this. But the real goal was to teach my daughter the art of fishing, which was achieve with great success.

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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