Trip No 138 Carp Fishing (2016)

With the weather looking perfect over this week & into the weekend, Pike fishing was still off the menu.  The temperature had reasonably up to nearly 15 degree – amazing as last week it was -7!

As it is now the lead up to Christmas and the weather being so nice, the lake was very busy with 8 people on.  I realise that this is not that many, however more then the normal and I am sure the fish would have noticed.  With that in mind, I headed down the other end of the lake and at the back of the wind.  Even with the warm wind this area would be the warmer part of the lake and hopefully still have some fish around from my earlier night trip (when I was lucky enough to land two fish).

Got myself an early Christmas present.  In the shape of this kettle, hand carved by Neane Valley Carving.

One rod was in the margins and one in the open water.  I baited both spots with groundbait and 12mm Catalyst boilies, finished with natural Pop Ups over the top.

There was quite a lot of rain in the late afternoon and evening.  I was hoping this wouldn’t put the carp off.  I sat up until gone midnight in the hope of seeing any signs of fish, as the wind and rain had gone.  The lake was like a millpond.

The night was very still, other then the party of mice who had that decided that my brolly was a good place to investigate!  I even had on run past my face whilst I was in my bag.  Boy, that gave me a shock.  The dam things where investigating everything.  I learnt many year’s ago, to zip up all my bags at night, as you never know what goes in and out of them at night.  Rodents will release themselves when ever they feel the need.

Glad I got up in time to see the sunrise.  Shame it’s now turned into one of those grey Winter days.

Despite my best efforts, I blanked.

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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