Trip 69 Carp Fishing- 2017

I am out for another mid week over nighter.  When I arrived there was only one other angler on the lake – not bad for a 56 acres.

I had a good look around as usual and even flicked about with the marker rod in a couple of swims.  I just couldn’t get a feel for anywhere.  Then I spotted a couple of fish showing along this bank.  So I quickly jumped in the car and went around the other side.  Sure enough, there were a couple more topping along here – decision made.  With the spots already in my note book, I flicked a lead out to double check and yes they still felt good.  With that, I made up two bags and put them on to the spots, with five spombs over each.  There was also a mix of catalyst Pellets and boilies over the top for good measure.

Time for a brew, watch the sun go down and a few more Carp showed themselves.

I drifted off to sleep, only to be woken at midnight, my car alarm was going off for absolutely no reason that I could find.  Perhaps a deer walked by.  Could I get back to sleep after that?  Nope, it took me hours.  Another alarm went off, this time it was the left hand rod, this was on the bottom of the margin shelf.  The fish gave me the right run around and tried to get in the overhanging bushes to my left, more times than I care to remember.  Finally it slipped over the cord.

20lb on the dot

That will do nicely.  I put a fresh bait on and another small mesh bag.  I put the rod back on the spot as I had a couple of hours left to go – you just never know.  Well other than the swan taking both rods out, that was it for the night.


Spotted these over the far side of the lake this morning.

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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