Trip 74 Carp Fishing- 2017

I am back in the same swim as before.  As you know, I am convinced that there are bigger fish to be had in this area than I have had.  I will be away for a couple of weeks with the family soon, so I have come to the conclusion that I will stick with it.  When I get back, have a rethink of my plan if it doesn’t come together.  I just need to get passed the smaller fish.

It certainly looks the part, if that’s possible of a swim.  Going with the same tactics as my previous trips on this swim and we shall see if I can avoid the smaller carp this time around.  I am using 22 mm Catalyst bottom bait again.

The first take came around midnight and was followed by another about 2 am.  Both fish were mid double again and as it was raining.  I certainly was not mucking about with the camera.  Not sure when the next take was but it was dark and dry, so managed a quick snap for the blog.

There were plenty of fish crashing about still but generally they were all over this area.  With the wind pushing onto this bank and the way sound travels, they must have been a good distance away, as no more fish were banked.

Very pleasant morning and I was able to dry my kit off, which is always a bonus.

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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