Trip No 125 Carp Fishing (2016)

I am out on a rare Saturday night trip, I tend to prefer Sunday night as there are a lot quieter.  However, with the change in the weather and the fact the lake tends to be harder this time of the year, I felt that the conditions favoured Saturday night more.

After a look around and a chat with a fellow Sydicate member, I found out that there was still not alot going on.  I felt the best option was an area that rarely get fished.  This is where, the fish maybe holding up and with no other signs of Carp, this was my best option.

The swim had plenty of options, I just needed to pick the two best spots, I went for baiting up a gully at the back of a bar with Spotted Fin G02 groundbait and chopped boilies as an attraction for the fish.

(but not much feed) and the other rod was going to be a roving rod.  I planned to cast this at any signs of fish, evening and though the night.  I would then drop it into the margins at first light – if no action was forth coming.  I was not due home until 12.30, so I needed to be packing up by 11 am.

During the night, I had the odd single bleep as I was using florocarbon-line.  This tends to be feeding fish along the path of the line.  This gave me some more confidence, I was in the right area, as I was not fishing that far out .

I was awoken to another single bleep, closely followed by another, the bobbin pulling up to the top and holding there.  I was out the brolly, picked up the rod and pulled into what at first felt like a bream, it then turned into a carp nearer the bank.  I am sure we have all had this feeling, from ‘oh great’ to ‘happy days’.

A nice 22lb 2oz common, very happy considering the slow pace of the lake at the moment.

With the clock ticking it was time for a brew, a slow pack up and home for a walk with the family in the New Forest in the afternoon.


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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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