Trip 70 Carp Fishing – 2017

After see plenty of fish on Friday morning out to my right, as I was packing up,  After having a nice 20 lb Carp, I felt that the rest of my bait just had to be put along that area (between me and two swims down).  When I arrived back down the lake around 0930 Saturday morning, I was amazed to see so many fish crashing about over the area I had baited.  With that, my friend and I dropped into the same swims as last weekend.

And I lightly topped up the swim with some Catalyst boilies and a groundbait mix.

Then the rain came.

It was not long before my friend had one on the bank.

18lb Common

He had gone for a different tactic to me as he was using 22m Catalyst bottom bait and a stringer with 5 baits on it.  We settled down to a very pleasant evening, once the heavy rain showers had passed.  The night was very peaceful for me with not a bleep, until about 0630 when the right hand rod screamed off (as they always do in here), with absolutely no warning.  It was a nice Common around the 11 lb mark who had woken me up.  I recast, got the kettle on for a brew and watched as the day unfolded.

What a stunning start to the day

Lucky Shot

The deer were on the far bank again and this time in the sunshine.

I gave it until around lunchtime, had a quick look around and then headed home.

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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