Trip 71 Carp Fishing- 2017

I am not sure if it’s ever going to stop raining in August, its certainly been a bit wet

Before I headed home last time, I had a good look around the lake and did a spot of markering to test out the Fox Warrior + S&M rod for its marker float capability.  I must say I was very impressed and the stiffness will certainly pick out the gravel from the silt, which on this lake is a crucial part of it.

On my wondering, I spotted a few fish in this area and I flicked the rod out on these areas.  There were some very nice silty gullies.  With a quick walk back to the car to get some catalyst boilies, to fire out into the general area before I left for home.

It was nice to get a sunset of sorts.  The swim was free as I drove down the track and unbelievably a nice fish rolled on one of the spots I fancied.  Look no further I thought.  The marker flicked out, bang on the spot.  I clipped up and flicked a bag out on to the spots with four small pouch-fulls of boilies over the top.  Both rod’s were on 22m Catalyst bottom bait soaked in the Finamino Bait soak (just to give an edge on the other baits in the area), camp was already up as it was still raining, mind you a lot less than it had been.

That will do, first take on the right hand rod and before 2300 another bag was tied up and put back on the spot.

Unfortunately, that was the only fish of the night.

Stunning morning.

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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