Trip 101 Carp Fishing- 2017

After a very enjoyable few hours the other day and still feeling not 100%, I headed off down the lake. I’m not too sure what I will do or how long I will fish for.  I took my normal route around the lake and stopped at a few swims.  I really only fancied the one swim on the bank which everyone opposite was casting across to.  Don’t get me wrong they were nowhere near where I would be putting my baits.  I just didn’t fancy putting more pressure on that side of the lake and the other possibility would be facing another angler across the lake (some distance away).  I just like my own area, undisturbed with a pleasant view (rather than waving at a fellow angler across the lake!).  I looked in another areas but then thought, I will be back in the week when it will be peaceful and less pressured.  As I drove down the causeway between the smaller lake which contains fish up to just under 30 lbs, it was completely empty and always is.  I thought why not fish there and have a lake to myself?  I may even catch a few, why would you not.

I picked the swim that gave me the best view and access to cast anywhere.  I filled up a couple of bags with Betafin Pellets, broken Catalyst boilies and a mix of Minamino & Betafin liquids.  I flicked them out to a couple of likely spots, as I was planning on baiting up after dark, these fish really show themselves then.

I had a few bleeps through the afternoon on the left had rod and it finally rattled off to a small, but very pretty common.

With that rod recast, I settled down to formulate a plan for my spots tonight but by 7 pm there had not been a single sign of a single fish, so I stuck some bait out over the area I was fishing and that would have to do.

There was a stunning sunset tonight over the lake.  It was very nice as it had been mostly a very grey day, until then.

Well, my trip got turned upside down around 1 am.  I had a call from my dad, my mum was in hospital.  The gear packed away sharpish and I was off to Wales for the next few day’s.

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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2 Responses to Trip 101 Carp Fishing- 2017

  1. Cole55 says:

    Understand about being in another Carpers face,both too worried to do anything that may make you look like Frank Spencer and cause the Ducks to go into that Derisive Quacking,
    Hope your Ma is Ok.
    Merry Xmas and Tighter lines for the New Year.

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