Trip 65 Carp Fishing- 2017

It’s my last trip before nearly a week’s break (which as you know is a long time away from the bank for me). But my little girl is going to be 10 and you have to celebrate that.

When I arrived down the lake at about 7 pm, I had the pick of the swims (well all but one).  I very nearly jumped into a swim another Syndicate member had 5 out of the other night.  They were up to 35 lb.  The wind was really pushing down there, however I am not a fan of jumping in behind people, well knowingly any way.  It can back fire on you quite easily.

So, I headed to an area where I had spotted some fish the other week.  On my last trip, only two days ago, I did see a large fish roll over the corner of this swim.  This just had to be worth a go.

One rod was dropped about 15 ft off the bank with a large bag filled with boilies, pellet and a load of my liquid mix.  Then a few handfuls of boilies and pellet over the top.  The other rod was fished in a nice hard area about 30/40 yards off the bank.

I was just dropping off, when the right hand rod had a couple of bleeps, I quickly shone the touch on the rod, the bobbin was up the top, tilting towards the buzzer and holding there.  I quickly got my boots on and let out a bit of line.  This tightened up instantly, there was a fish on and it was kiting left.  I pulled into the fish and pumped it in to the margins, where it proceeded to give me the run around for about 10 minutes and finally it was in the net.

And what a fish, a 25 lb 6 oz of stunning Common.  Sorry about the knees!

My word, the Canadian Geese are annoying at the moment.  No more Carp, which was a shame.  I did hear a couple of them jump in the night to my left and had a couple liners, however that was it.

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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