Trip 85 Carp Fishing – 2017

I arrived down the lake to find way too many people fishing tonight (in the middle of the week night).  After a quick chat with a fellow member, I headed on around the lake, looking for a likely area to fish.  The second from last swim I looked in, a carp popped it’s head out – that will do me.  This is an area I was not to familiar with, since not fishing this area for a few years.

Camp is set up in the dark for the first time this year, something I have been doing for more years than I can remember, over the winter months.

I have just baited one area.  This is something I have been doing a lot more of over the years.  I will have to write a blog on my thinking behind this some time soon.  I Spombed out just over a kilo of Smokey Jack boilies, flicked out a bottom bait and wafter on either side of a nice silty are a just off the side of a gravel bar.

At 0200 ish the right hand rod belted off and I was onto a very hard fighting fish which managed to pick up the other line despite me using back leads.  This caused me all sorts of problems and a complete new set up on both rod’s after having to strip the line back on both rods.

It was a torpedo and just would not give up in the margins.  It tipped the scales at just over twenty pounds.  An hour later the same rod was off again but this one made it just round the tip of the point where I was fishing off and under the over hanging tree. This was despite my rod tip being under where the fish clipped a branch.  This was when the lead pinged and the fish slipped the hook.  Oh well.  The alarm clock had just gone off and it signals packing up time.

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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