Trip 73 Carp Fishing- 2017

With my weekend success and still with the believe that there are lumps in this area.  I am back in the same spot, however I have put both rods out onto the area which produced all the runs, with the exception of one.

Its certainly looking very moody and I am hoping for no rain, I only have my brolly with me, as my friend recently discovered a very good mosquito replant called Ex4 Life System .


EX4 Life System  or Salveo Shop

It’s working wonders and it’s OK to spray on fabrics – in fact you don’t spray it on yourself at all but on your clothes.  They can be washed and it last for 3 washes. So far the mosquitoes have kept away but as I don’t have the courage yet to spray my bivvy.  I thought I would spray an old JRC one I have and see how it goes! I have also done my Air Shroud and that was OK as well.

I have also set up the video camera and recorded some footage of the Fox Warrior  rods, I have been testing, as it’s time to write up a review.


Nice action shot

I quickly counted out the wraps, flicked the rods onto the spots and then set about spombing my normal mix of Catalyst  Pellets and boilies.

I was still using the 22mm Catalyst bottom baits however I had opted for a snowman rig on one rod with a nice 12mm white Catalyst Pop Ups .

I also think that I am the only person on tonight, 56 acres to myself.  Perfect.

Overnight, I managed a couple of low doubles but no signs of the larger fish that I am after.

It was a bit fresh this morning and a nice mist was blowing across the water as I was packing up.

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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