Trip 44 Carp Fishing – 2018

With the weather hotting up over the weekend, I hadn’t planned to go fishing.  However, with a breeze picking up and if I could find a shady swim, it would be worth a go.  I may even get more sleep than at home!

Swim choice was made easy.  I was clearly not going back to the same swim as before and the other area was occupied by 4 other anglers on a social – probably watching the football.

I opted for what I hoped would be the cooler end of the lake for me (and the carp).  With a cool northerly blowing down the lake and according to the Deeper the surface temperature was 28 degree.


I was using a single bank stick as I was after any signs of fish and this would hopefuly show up on the Delkims.  I had got the Deeper out as this end of the lake is very much flat and I needed to find a feature of some sort.  The marker rod had only picked up the odd bit of weed with the fox marker lead on.



Finally, after a good couple of hours, I was happy with these spots.  It’s a funny swim this one at times, but with the wind pushing down here, I was feeling confident with my choice.  I was using the same tactic as before as I have confidence in my bait & rigs.

It was not to be.  The night past with on action on the fish front but I did catch up on some well-needed sleep!  I was up early and home by 9am.


I was a fruitful trip on an understanding of features in the swim.  I always take something from each trip and build upon.

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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