Trip 24 Carp Fishing- 2018

It’s been just under a year since I’ve fished the mill pond and a few things have changed – not too much though.  It’s still the lovely tranquil lake I remember.

I have three nights to enjoy here and a social with Rob at the same time.  After a long talk on the phone in the week, Rob suggested that I might like to fish this swim as a few fish had been coming out from here.  It’s a good place to start.

I baited up with a little of my ground bait mix and some ground up Smokey Jack boilies.  Both rods were baited with 10mm Catalyst pop-ups, as I had forgotten the Smokey Jack ones. DOH!

The first night past with no action.  This is what I had been expecting as the fish had been coming out in the daytime.  There had been light rain on and off through the night which had kept the temperature up.  As the carp like to feed in the rain, I was quite happy with this situation.  I was up at first light due to a single bleep from a tuffty on the right-hand rod.

I rebaited both rods around 1030 and changed over to 12mm Smokey Jack pop up that I got from Rob’ s bivvy!

The baiting pole was in operation again and filled with chopped Smokey Jack boilies. Which was more like crum.

Well, the baiting pole trick paid off and within hours, I had managed my first carp of the trip.

Which I was very happy about, the baiting pole was reloaded and pushed out again.

I had to wait until the following morning for my next take, this is not a bad thing as daylight helps in this swim.

A lovely 25+ mirror, with stunning colors.  With the baiting pole rod in place again, I was feeling quite confident for another fish or two today.  After 30 minutes, I was into another fish – a small common this time around the 10lb mark.

It was lovely to see the sunshine this afternoon.

It certainly made the lake look stunning.

The second night and day produced not a touch, which was a shock.  We shall have to see what this evening brings.  After that, it’s an early pack up as I am off to fish with Ian on the Airfield Lake for the next three nights.  I am hoping for a couple more carp before I head back home.

The last night past with no fish what so ever, which again was a shock as we had seen more activity than previously.  Perhaps they where just waking up and having fun.

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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3 Responses to Trip 24 Carp Fishing- 2018

  1. 123mattyd says:

    I’ve driven past this lake a few times in the last couple of weeks and am incredibly intrigued. Looks like a fantastic little spot to know.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Daniel Saunders says:

    Where is this lake and is it a syndicate or day ticket?

    Liked by 1 person

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