Trip 67 Carp Fishing- 2017

I am out for 48 hrs this weekend for a social with a friend and the conditions are looking spot on.  A nice bit of wind and rain pushing though over the next 24 hrs, this should stir them up.

We have gone for a swim on the back of the wind for a change, mainly because this is the deeper part of the lake.  We both feel this will give us the best opportunity to both catch fish.

Well, the first night didn’t go according to plan – mostly down to me, a small lapse of concentration and tiny lack of attention to the detail, as I thought I had a small bit of putty on my pop up rig.  However that was not the case and you guest it, I was fishing 7 inches off the bottom, oops.  One rod wasted for that night, the other rod was perfect but still no fish.

After a brew with my friend, who hadn’t suffered the same problem as me.  He had banked four low double figured Carp, all on bottom baits and had a good laugh at me.  He did tell me that there were plenty of fish in my swim over night.  Attention to detail catches the fish.

With another band of rain moving across the county around lunchtime, it was time to mix up some more groundbait balls for me to Spomb out.

With a mix of groundbait, 8mm Catalyst pellets, catalyst boilies, it was Spombing time and a good opportunity to test out the Fox Warrior s&m rod, which Tackle Fanatics had sent me to put it through it’s paces.

Nice action shot, thanks to my friend (and his camera/video work).  Plenty of action shots for me to play with.

I changed over to a 22 mm Catalyst bottom baits and a 18 mm Wafter.  I flicked a couple of bags back out onto my spots, let’s hope the carp move onto my baits this afternoon or through the night.

Another very wet and rainy night had passed by with no fish for me again.  I can’t believe it, reports from around the lake by other anglers the lake is fishing very slow and quite hard at the moment.  I normally don’t find this, I will just put it down to bad luck.  I have also not been here for a month and have lost touch a bit with the lake.

Very pleasant morning and a nice sunny day coming, which is nice after all that rain.

Until next time


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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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2 Responses to Trip 67 Carp Fishing- 2017

  1. Excellent blog Richard, some great shots of the weekend. I guess you’ll now be subconsciously double and triple checking that putty for a little while to come!

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