Trip 13 – Carp Fishing – 2017

It’s been a week or three, since I have done a night and it’s certainly nice to be back out. As luck would have it, the weather was pretty nice as well.

All tucked away in one of my favourite swims, as the weather was fair, there where a few people about.  After a good hour of looking, I finally settled on this swim.  It gave me access to an area where I believe the fish have been hold up in.

The downside was in needed my waders.  These were safely at home but I luckily had my wellies.  If I caught a big fish, there would be no alternative other than getting wet, as the edge of the swim was just on front of my rod’s tips.

I flicked both rod’s out to the left of the small island, both had catalyst Natural Pop Ups on and a small Stix Mix bag.  Two spomb’s over each spot with a mixture of Catalyst Pellets soaked in Salmon Liquid.

The afternoon was beautiful and as I settled in for the night.  I was feeling very hopefully. With a lots of line bites and one on the bank, it was clear the Bream had moved in and I was hoping the Carp would follow.  At around 0415, the left had rod was away and after a long battle and trashing the other rod, a very nice Common was safely in the net.

Well happy with this fish

All 29 pounds & 11 ounces.  I was feeling good at this point, even after getting a boot full of water when netting the fish.

With a complete change in the wind direction and a frosty morning.  There was no more action and I headed home by 11am.

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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2 Responses to Trip 13 – Carp Fishing – 2017

  1. Finally a nice big carp. Well done.


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