Trip 72 Carp Fishing- 2017

Is it ever going to stop raining in August for more than two days?  I do hope so, as part of the annual family two week holiday is in Wales and the wife not very keen on this camping game.  We may just end up in a cottage, somewhere or even two week’s doing day trips around Hampshire & Dorset.

After looking at the forecast and the fish I had heard in the night the last time.  I was extremely keen to get back into this swim.  I am very confident that the fish are in this area and for some reason or another this swim has not been fished that much this year.

I had my girls with me for a few hour’s and they loved sitting on the bivvy with the door open at the top.

As I had put some bait out before I left the other morning.  I simply clipped up a flicked the baits out onto those spots and Spombed some bait over the top. By the time I had done all this, the rain arrived.  This was perfect timing and one of the reason the girls came with me was to avoid another wet set up.  I ended up with an angler to my right, way out on the island and also one to my left on the other island, which I though could be a help to push the fish over my way.

My rainy view

After the wife had collected the kids, I settled down to a rainy night. watched a few things on Netflix and then dropped off to sleep.  All that happened in the night was a load of liners, this kept me on edge for a take and the man on the island had a bad cough oh and the geese were behind me.  This resulted in a very sleepy Richard in the morning.

I re-baited the left hand around at first light, as I had convinced myself that the bait must have gone.  Nope, still on there, I was amazed that I had no fish at this point.  I drifted off to sleep again, only to be woken by a take, this was a 11 lb ish Common who gave me the run around for its size.  It’s the tails on these carp, they are little pocket rockets.

I re-baited around 11 am with a few Spombs of pellet and groundbait-mix, with a few broken catalyst boilies and fresh bottom baits.  I wanted to let the swim settle down for the day and coming night with no more bait being put out unless I had a few more fish.

As the sun was setting on my last night,  I had totalled 5 five all about 12 lb.  I think I am trying out the Hutchy bait pyramid effect, trouble is I will be at home by the time the big fish arrive.

This little greedy pig, picked up a 22mm Catalyst  bottom bait.

I did have a good day with the camera.

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I managed to get a few action shots, a good few wildlife photos and I bit more video footage.  I am getting on great with the Fox Warrior 22ft 3.25tc rod’s, that I have been sent by Tackle Fanatics and the warrior landing net is finally getting a good test as well.

The night was full of sleep and shooting stars, I think the fish were watching as well.  Not a sniff until around 7 am, just after I had taken a few photos of a kingfisher sitting on the rods.

Another hard fighting airfield lake carp.

The biggest of the trip, think I may be back in this swim soon.  I feel there is defiantly fish here and I am sure there will be a lump about amongst them.

It’s pack up time and a very pleasant day for a walk in the New Forest with the family.

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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