Trip 23 Carp Fishing- 2018

I am on the bank for the next 48 hrs with the possibility of another night – if things are going well.  We shall just have to see.

It was just before 7pm when I arrived, this gave me just about an hour before dark.  I had an idea of which part of the complex I fancied on fishing.  I had been down in the week and had been talking with other members.  With a quick look at the middle lake and then at the top part of the complex – the water was clearly more coloured up than any other part of the complex.  I didn’t fancy the big open shallower area of the complex, due to all the cold rain we had been having.  I headed off to a grassy area I fancied and it looked perfect.  I had fished it last year a bit, it’s not the best area to get to.  I must say I don’t fish it that much due to the sort mid-week trips I do.  The trip there involves a lot of mud, ups and downs with the barrow and I am getting old (ish).

I flicked the Deeper out.  I found the water surface temp was very warm and a bucket load of fish (they should keep me going!).  Let’s hope they’re in the mood to get their heads down over the next 48 hrs.

I spombed out a mixture of chopped Smokey Jack and the ground bait mix I was preparing the other day.

And fished an FW Masala pop up and a 22mm Catalyst bottom bait as I was interested in.  Which type of bait they would be after?  I had done very well on both baits last seasons here.  I just didn’t fancy putting my faith in both pop-ups or bottom baits.

I was using my normal Ronnie Rig on both setups.

Morning arrived and much to my dismay it was a fish free night.With a day mostly filled with rain, it was time to get my thinking cap on.  I topped up the spots at around 11am, I left the rods in the water.  I wasn’t planning on rebaiting them until tonight, just before dark – unless things changed.  I was confident in my area, I just needed to stick with it.

Well, yesterday was a complete washout, I spent all but about 30 minutes stuck in the bivvy.  It rain continuously all day long and there is only some much looking out of a tiny gap you can do.

I even got bored of Netflix!  On a positive note, it did give me the opportunity to tidy my rig board, tackle box and play with a few combinations with my Evolution Carp Tackle kit.

Just a couple of the interesting combinations I came up with.  These will get an outing over the coming months.

There is a bit of brightness in the distance and the birds are still on the bait.

Which is a worry, as clearly the fish have not sneaked in and cleared it up.

It’s time to get the thinking cap on again and that big choice time – should I stay or should I go now?  I was certainly going to have to hang around until this afternoon, as the rain will have finally gone.  I don’t generally have a problem with the rain but a whole day of it was just too much, well it was more like one day two nights and half a morning.

I had a walk around for about an hour and a chatted with the other anglers on the lake.  We were all happy blanking as well.  Before I went for my walk around, I put a small number of chopped boilies in the margins, when I got back, I flicked the baits out for a few hours before I decided at 2pm that I would go home.

This was a hard choice as I couldn’t get back for a week, it was school holiday time.

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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