Trip 78 Carp Fishing – 2017

With the nights drawing in and Autumn well underway, I have returned to the Meadow Lake for a quick night.  The first swim I stopped at, I instantly spotted a couple of fish roll – choice made.  With no one opposite me, in fact other than) a day angler in the day bay behind me (about 4 swims down), I was the only one on here!

It was looking very moody and any minute it would rain.  I quickly checked my notes for the number of wraps and got the Rod’s on the spots.  I then spombed out 5 loads over each area, just of Catalyst boilies.  I didn’t fancy any Bream, well not to many anyway.

The first take came around 22.15 (as I was dosing off), the right hand rod gave a couple of bleeps, paused, then a single bleep.  I was up and by the rod’s in a flash.  There was another single bleep and the bobbin pulled up tight to the buzzer.  I pulled into a very heavy lump, which I needed to get past the overhanging tree to my right.  Lucky the fish did not kite that much and I was easily able to get the fish under the rod tip and under control.  Now the long battle to get the fish up off the bottom and into the net started.  There were a couple of moments when I thought the fish was off around the point to my left.  It was quite straight forward and the beast was in the net.

Now that will do me.  30 lb 5 oz of stunning Common and another fish on the Finamino bait soak.

The second take also came from this rod and there was no mucking around this time.  This fish was flying across the lake and in the right direction – well away from the snag.  With an all to quick fight, a Common around the 16 lb mark was in the net and quickly returned to its home.

The third take happened just like the one before, it absolutely ripped the line off the reel and I was onto another hard fighting Meadow Lake carp.  It did have me in the tree for just one scary moment but I was way to quick.  I had the rod tip under the water, the moment I felt it touch the branches and all was OK.  The fish was under control again and safely under my rod tip for the next few minutes until a slipped it over the cord.

Just over the twenty pound Mark by 5 ozs.

This turned out to be my last fish of the night – pretty happy with that.

What a pleasant morning and time to head home.

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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