Trip No 121 Carp Fishing (2016)

It has been a few weeks since I had visited my favourite one rod snaggy margin swim.

I have had quite a few fish this swim last year at around this time.  I thought that I had better not over look it.

I attached a small bag filled with crushed catalyst boilies, a few pellets and a couple of squirts of Catalyst spray.  This was after I had attached it to a curved shank SF Hook and Semi stiff Fin Skin.  I lowered the bag down under the bushes and sat back.  I had the pleasure of watching a Osprey fishing on the lake!  It was on its way down though it’s migration route.

Sometime around 1145 my rod hooped around and I was attached to a very unhappy Common Carp.  After a very long battle, under the rod tip and a few attempts to evade capture, I slipped a lovely Common into the net.

25lb 15oz

Just love the Autumn colours on these carp.

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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1 Response to Trip No 121 Carp Fishing (2016)

  1. Rob etherington says:

    Nice one Richard, good luck in your new venture

    Liked by 1 person

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