Trip 107 Carp Fishing- 2017

With Christmas just round the corner and the mild weather still about, my family kindly let me out for one more night, before the festivities begin.

After my last two nights on here and not hearing a single carp, I thought I could give the middle part of the lake a go (or even the big bay area).  Unfortunately, someone was in that area, so I headed off around the lake and having a good look about.  With no sign of anything, I opted for a swim on the snaggie bank, in the middle of the lake and hopefully I may get to see some signs of carp.

All hidden away and hopefully a passing carp will take a fancy to my baits.

The perfect combination, what carp could resist?  With a few crushed up catalyst pellets and Betafin pellets over the top. As it’s Christmas soon my food selection, as you can see, has a (nice and healthy) theme.

Just a glass of port missing – that will be Christmas day.

The night past without a single bleep.  That was probably the quietest night I’ve had for a long time!  Not even a single fish crashed!  Would you believe it, a fish topped over the other side of the lake, when I was doing my last bit of my vlog this morning.

Well, folks time to head home for Christmas and a pair of very excited children!


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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