Trip 18 Carp Fishing – 2018

I am back down the lake with the Deeper again today and mapping more swims as I go along – lucky I had my tackle with me as I spotted a group of fish.

Think I would be silly not to have a go.  I continued my mapping trip for another hour and a bit, then came back to the swim and set up.

The swim was under water and very enclosed in with tree but I could get both rods in that area.  I baited one rod with a Fw miracle berry Wafters and a tiny mesh bag of my stix mix made up of Spotted Fin products.

and the other rod was on a Fw Masala Pops ups with small mesh bag filled with Betafin Pellets Soaked in mimamonos for added attraction.

Both sprayed with plenty of Catalyst booster spray.

It was only a matter of time before the right hand rod was off.  I was battling with a nice lump who insisted on going under the overhanging trees to my left.

As fish just love to keep your heart pumping I was battling it under the rod tip avoiding the other rod and an array of fallen branches. After what felt like an age, the fish was in the net.  As I was sorting out the retaining sling to weigh the fish, would you believe it, the other rod screamed into life.  Why are carp like buses sometimes?!  I quickly got the carp in the water.  I picked the other rod up as I needed to gain line as fast as possible to get the fish under control before that one found the under water snags.  At this point, I still had the cord from the retaining sling in my teeth,this was the only safe place to put it as I was knee dip in water.  I finally had the other fish under control, put the cord over one of the buzzers on my pod and then got back to netting this fish.

First fish – a nice 30lb 8oz Common

My second fish – a nice 17lb 8oz Mirror.

I was well happy for this result.  I had a couple of liners when I thought the rod was going to bust into life – I even pulled into one of them but it was just thin air.  I have a feeling there is a trailing fish out there.

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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