Trip 42 Carp Fishing – 2018

It’s been over a week since my last trip, this years number of trips have been reduced down, due to my extension being built and my part-time gardening job, going a bit full time, this happens every Summer.  This is a big factor why the number of fish I am catching (or should I say not catching) are down.  It’s all about time, observation and it’s simple, if your not out on the lake how will you know wants going on?  With that in mind I headed for a drive around Meadow lake first, as I felt like a change would do me a lot of good, even if I blanked.


I didn’t fancy any of the swims on the Airfield lake either.  The wind direction was from the N/E and as luck would have it, there were only two swims taken.  After a chat with one of the other member’s and twice around the lake I finally ended up here.  Which is a swim I love and know it well enough not to put the Deeper out.  Instead, I used one of those Fox gripper markers lead to finding the best bit of weed to fish. I put two Pva bags out at staggered distances on to the plateaux and Spombed out some SF tigers, hemp particles, a mixture of size of Catalyst Boilies and a 15mm wafter.

I was going to be fishing under the stars as the wind was quite strong and was moving between N/E and E.  It would be quite awkward with the brolly, fingers crossed the mozzies don’t like the wind as well!


The back bay to the left of me was looking very appealing for a day trip as well in the week.

The first take came around at 2330, it proceeded to try and get around the overhanging tree to my right, I have become accustomed to.  There was no way that was going to happen!  I was very pleased after I had negotiated that part of the fight, I just needed to play the fish out and avoid it going around the point.  After a couple of goes and what felt like a lifetime, a very nice 25+ Common was safely in the Nsr50.


The nice feeling after such a long time of catching 10lbers isn’t worth mentioning.  A very happy man with such a stunning fish.


My second take came about at 0015 on the same round as before and another common was netted.  This one was about 12lb and was soon back to join it’s friends.  With another bag done, I was back on the bag again and I couldn’t believe it, the same rod was off again – just after 0200.  Unfortunately I had a hook pull, this happens from time to time, especially since I’m fishing in weed.


Rod’s all on the floor, hoping for that 4th take and a bit of a lack of sleep.  This is funny, as I was thinking, I would get a bit more than I had been doing at home!

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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