Trip No 123 Carp Fishing (2016)


I am out for my last social of the year, as November is just round the corner.  We all know what that means… Christmas is coming.  With a young family, its great fun.  Funny to think is they have just only finished half term, boy time flies.

To beat the weekend rush, I have my girls with me and the wife will be collecting them after work.  We all meet up around 9 am and work out the best swim for us and set about getting the camp set up. The weather was still unseasonable warm, no real wind direction blowing this weekend and no signs of any carp.  It was going to be a hard one.

I was going to be fishing one rod in the margins and the other in open water.  With that in mind I was going to adopt some extra attraction this weekend in the form of my stix mix and booster spray.

The catalyst Booster Spray

18 mm bottom bait with a 12 mm Frank Warwick Corn pop, just perfect for those tricky Autumnal days, not that the weather feels like Autumn.

I spombed out a couple of kilos of Spotted Fin Catalyst boilies, mixed-up with pellet and a couple of cans of corn.

The first night and came by with no action, the lake was flat calm all day and no signs of any carp.  We watch into the evening, there was a mist and grey cloud all day long until just before dark, it cleared and the sun nearly showed itself.

The last night it was as quiet as before. There was a possibility for a little wind and some sun this morning, I am hoping that this may turn the fish on.

With absolutely no sign of carp, my friend headed home and I moved onto another lake.  I was going to test some rigs on smaller, easier carp.  This paid off almost immediately, with a small common – rig worked.  However, the aggressive take, caused the extra stiff shrink tubing to snap.

Back to my normal stuff.

Now that’s more robust and not let me down.

Lovely spot for a few hours today and not long after that, another small common graced the net.

I fished for 4 hrs and had 8 fish between the 10/14 lb mark.  All from under this bush and just 4 ft from where I was sitting.   It was nice to get a bend in the rod, however back on the harder lake again soon.  It’s always good to know that everything is fine, it’s just the lake playing fun and games with you.

Until next time

Richard

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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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