Trip 45 Carp Fishing – 2017

With a couple of family things going on this week & weekend, I am limited to Saturday night only.  This is not a bad thing and always nice to get an extra couple of hour’s fishing in the morning.

There where still a few people about when I arrived – some were doing the whole weekend, others were just starting to pack away.  As luck would have it, no one had fished the swim that I fished the other night and with a very strong wind pushing on to the bank, I felt that it had to be my best option.  There was on angler on the island which meant I was unable to put my right hand rod on my normal spot, so I took the opportunity to fish to my left and find two new spots.  This swim covers an amazing amount of water and a high percentage is over looked by anglers, especially the clearer on area’s.

I found a couple of very nice spots and put a few pouches filled with Catalyst boilies around the marker float. I tied up some new Ronnie Rig‘s and put on Natural Pop Ups and flicked them both out.

With the rain finally passing and the sun came out, it was quite pleasant.  The wind was still pushing very hard on to this bank, it was not long before I had my first take which unfortunately found one of the many under water obstacles.  Oh well, out with another bag and cold pizza for lunch.

2 of the 3 fish that I have had this afternoon – not the biggest I have ever had but in shallow water, these things but up an amazing fight.

As the evening progressed the sun was setting, the rods where off again and oh this one feels better.  You can never tell but once in the margins, I could tell by the way it was holding the bottom, after another hard fight, it rolled over the cord.

A nice golden 22lb 1oz common and a sunset to match.

What a pleasure to be outside.  Oddly and handy the night was fish free, until this colourful surprise at 6 am.

I didn’t weight it but it probably was around 14 lb, very short and chunky fish, did not know that was in here!

With the sun coming up over the forest, it would soon be time to head home for a family day of fun.

Now that was an action filled 12 hours, can’t wait for my next trip out.

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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