River Campaign 


This year I have decided to go after carp on the Hampshire Avon.  Part of my Syndicate ticket covers about 6 miles of river.  In most areas, I can fish both banks, there are also two sections which allow night fishing.  I’ve had a few trips after the carp before but never given it my full attention.  On these trips, I have managed to locate two area which contain carp and according to the Estate Manager, the carp generally spend their time in these areas of the river.  One area, night fishing is allowed unfortunately the carp that I have seen are in the shallower area, which is quite fast flowing.  There is an area of Lilly pads, that are very thick and have thick rushes in them.  This is the area that I have seen the most carp in and will be a very big challenge to fish.

This area certainly needs plenty of attention and a plan of attack.  The other end of this patch opens up into a huge shallow area that due to the flow around the island and has made a deep channel up against this island.

There is no real way of knowing what is under the water along this area as I an unable to get a clear view.  On my next visit, I will be bring my waders and a stick (safety in mind always) and a few heavy leads to flick along that far bank.  It’s going to be a real challenge to locate their feeding areas.  The other part of the river I have found the carp, is in the day fishing area on a large slow bend also filled with weed.  There is fortunately a hole in the weed and the deep margin bank is accessible to me.  I have seen a few nice carp and also managed to get them on film feeding but they would just not pick up my bait.  Obviously not quite the right presentation for them.

Of course there are other areas that I need to have to look at.  We shall have to see how this goes over this year.  It’s not going to be a quick job and will take sometime to get my head around their behaviour.  I’m not in a rush and need to fit my other lake fishing in around these trips – until I’m 100% sure I’ve got the location and spots right.  I’ll not be pushing myself to much as this is clearly going to be a long process and I don’t wish to get in a rut (with endless blanking!).  Clearly, if I do the ground work first and get that all right, the reward of catching a river carp will not be far behind.

The campaign was put on hold after the first few trip, as I had a change of plan as to where I was going to be spending my time this year.  All information has been logged and will certainly become very useful over the next few sessions.  This re-think was mostly down to how popular the lakes are at the moment and the possibility that they could become more popular in the future.  I thought I would save the river for another year.  However, I do like to spend some time walking around and this is all good information.  I will be out after the pike again in the winter and also may have a go for some chub and the barbel again before the end over the river session.

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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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