Trip 52 Carp Fishing 2017

With the temperatures getting down to something a bit more manageable, I am out on the lake again.  There is a nice S/W wind blowing and I have arranged to meet up with a friend, so this is going to be a bit of a social.  We have picked a nice area of the lake which gives us access to two separate areas of the lake.  My swim has the wind directly blowing into my face and a good few carp are showing in this area.  I am feeling very confident about bagging a few.  My friend’s swim was directly behind me so we could meet in the middle for a chat.

I am still on the same tactics as before as I see no reason to change over yet.

The night was pretty much a non event.  I did lose a small fish, with a hook pull.  This was down to me just bullying the fish out from under a tree to the right of me.  I think I was a bit to hard on its fourth trip of going under it.

The weather this morning is still perfect – nice breeze, some rain in the air and a few fish crashing about.  By midday and still no fish, it was a time for a rethink of my bait positioning.  There was nothing wrong with the right hand rod, it had produced a take and it had done on my previous trip.  However, the rod that was in the big area for over 24 hrs had not had a touch and was therefore clearly in the wrong spot.  I had observed fish to the right of me and flicked a marker round in the area and found a very nice drop off to fish.  I switched the rod over and placed a bait on this spot with a few spombs of Catalyst boilies and pellet mix.

I settled down into the afternoon and evening.  My friend had made a very nice Chicken Tikka, we moved our chairs into the middle point between swims and we settled down for a glass of wine or two, we needed back to our swims proper by 8 pm for hopefully the evening feed.  By 2115 I had a take which produced a nice 22 lb+ Common.

That will do me nicely.

The night was completely dead on the fish front again, much to my surprise.  My friend ended up with 3 fish in the end up to a 17 lber, which he was happy with.  I needed to be off by noon time, so I was going to take a walk down the river, looking for the carp again as well as suitable areas to fish for them.  There was going to be a good bit of sunshine about this afternoon.

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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