Trip 35 – Carp Fishing – 2017


When I am travelling down to the lake, I try to think where would the fish be?  I take into account the wind, weather and any information I have gathered from my last few trips.  Well, this time I was completely at a loss to where that may be.  So I planned a good look around the whole complex, this took me just under two hours.  I was still not really feeling the love anywhere and I had only seen a few fishy signs.

I settled on one of the point swims which is on the middle section of the complex, as it just felt the most fishy swim about.  I got the kit to the swim and as I was still mulling things over when  a fish topped along the dividing back and then another one in the far corner.  These are two spots that I am unable to fish, I did feel that I was closer to the fish than any other swim.

All set up, I got the kettle on and settled down for a bit of afternoon/early evening fish spotting.

As the sun was setting over the lake, I tucked myself up in my bag and drifted off to sleep.  Just before midnight, I was woken up by an absolute screaming run on the righthand rod and after a hairy fight – the fish tried to go into both of the bays next to me and under a overhanging bush, it was finally in the net.

What a stunner all 33lb 5oz.  With the photos done and the fish safely returned to its home.  I then recast another pva bag filled with Spotted Fin Catalyst & Betafin pellets soaked in both Betafin & minaminos, with a Frank Warwick Masala pop mounted on a long shank turning hook, tied to Semi stiff Fin skin.  I got back in my bag to dream of Carp.

That morning alarm call comes all to soon, time to pack up.

Until next time

Richard

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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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