Trip 19 Carp Fishing- 2018

For this trip, I was doing two nights and I was being joined by a friend on the second night.  The conditions when I arrived at the lake is what can only be described as stormy.

The centre of the rain storm was passing right over me.  Like any normal angler, I started to have a look round.  The swim choice was a bit reduced, we were planning on a ‘good old’ social on Saturday night.  This gave me the option of a few good swims and I was hoping that the weather may put other anglers off tonight.  When I arrived, 3 of the swims had already gone.  After speaking to another member who had spotted fish in front of him, this wasn’t too far away from where I had caught my last two fish.  I headed for the corner swim in the hope they may be still about, if this wasn’t the case, they must not be far away.

The night passed with plenty of wind and rain and a few liners (probably due to that).  Saturday morning was a different day completely.  No wind, a tiny bit of rain and a little hope of sunshine to warm the lake up.

My friend turned up before 11 and had to set up in the rain, which was a bit unfortunate.  He did find some nice spots that he was happy with.

I was treated to a Tench around mid-afternoon and as evening fell upon us, the sun came out again.

I had re-baited the right-hand rod which was now the left and flicked a bait into the corner.  This is where I have had a few fish before from and catapulted a load of chopped up Smokey Jack boilies over the top. I was fishing an Fw miracle berry Wafters with a washed yellow maggot cluster, I was sticking to the Masala Pops ups   on the other rod.  I had also topped up the swim with a few spombs of chopped Smokey Jack as well.

The night passed without a bleep and was woken by a cool easterly breeze blowing in my face.

Another nice morning and may be lucky in the last few hours.

It was not to be

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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