Don’t Panic or Despair

With fishing and all sorts of other of life’s problems – when you are struggling to catch a carp and it appears it’s never going your way (how ever hard you try), the trick is not to panic, otherwise you can start changing all sort of things around to try and catch fish.  Don’t get me wrong, things need to be tweaked all the time with fishing but when you are catching fish, you tend to do this by small degrees.  When you are on a long run of blanks you can easily start to change all too much at the same time, this is a fatal mistake and will result in more blanks.

If things are going wrong and you just can’t catch, you need to analyze the big picture so you can determine where you may be going wrong.

1. Are you the only one on your lake blanking?  If you’re not, you are probably doing it right and just need to pinpoint why other people are catching before you change anything.

2. Are you fishing at the right time of the day when the fish are feeding?  Are the weather conditions perfect when you are on the bank?

3. Are you fishing the same old swims all the time?  Could it be your favorite swim is not what it was in the past.

4. Could there be a big hatch going on each time you are there?  We have all sat in a swim with carp everywhere over your bait and you don’t get a fish or even have a bleep, they are just preoccupied with natural food.

These 4 things are very important to think about before you start changing rigs, bait etc.  The worst thing you can start doing is swapping rigs and bait round every few hours’s.  It will not give you a true picture of whether any of them are working and you can easily start to spook the carp out of your swim with to much casting in & out.

Firstly you must not despair.  This happens to all anglers, whether they tell you or not.  It’s best to take note of the above 4 things and then determine if you need to change any rigs, bait.  As long as you’ve not changed your rigs, checking them and using them for the correct situations, like you have done before.  Why would there be a need to change them?  You will have confidence in them.

Bait – as long as you are using a top quality bait and applying it correctly, as you were when you were catching fish, it’s not an issue.  Change between bottom wafters and pop-ups is a perfectly normal thing to do.  You should be doing this all the time anyway, as things do change.

Once you have gone over the above minefield of possibilities.  Hopefully, your head will be a lot clearer and you will have worked out if you have changed or have done something to affect your fishing.  It’s as simple as switching back and lastly there is just good old luck, it can be with you or not.  Remember it’s only fishing and it can all change at a drop if a hat and you can have a trip of a lifetime or the last half of the season can be your best ever and the past 6 months of blanking is all forgotten and a distant memory.  If all else fails, pop over to your local easy club water and bag a few 10lbers, this will certainly make a lot of difference and prove you’re doing nothing wrong, it will give you a great boost.

Hope this helps


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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4 Responses to Don’t Panic or Despair

  1. Nigel leech says:

    Hi Richard, I was chatting to some carp anglers in my local pub last night and I was recommended to check out your site, its very impressive. I have inherited some land adjacent to the farm I own in Devon and on this land is a 8acre lake. I am told it used to be fished in the 80’s and had carp in it then. I am going to use the water in this lake to irrigate fruit on the farm but I am told stocking it and selling day passes to fish could be a lucrative sideline. I am looking for an experienced consultant to tell me what is still in the lake and how to get the idea up and running. Is this something you have experience of and would consider? Or could you recommend someone with the reliving experience/qualifications?
    Many thanks
    Nigel Leech


    • Hi Nigel, the only person I know with that knowledge, unfortunately already run a lake over in Suffolk. The best option I would suggest is open the lake and sell day ticket at £5 an day and seen what the lake stock is like and the number of fish that you already have and then work out which direct to go in. You local fishing club may also be intrested in leasing the lake from you, but you may wish to have strict rules.
      E.g out of bounds area’s and parking. Glad you like my website and happy to help where possible. Kind regards Richard


      • Andy little says:

        Hi nigel, I would be happy to advise you on your new project, I have done this for a number of previous clients and can provide you with excelllent testimonials . I can advise on a stocking programme and we can work out a detailed business plan to maximise your income potential. I charge a flat rate of £750.00 for an initial visit and consultation then we can negotiate a further hourly rate depending on how much further input you require. Please find and pm me on Facebook.
        Kind regards Andy


  2. Nigel leech says:

    Thanks Richard, and thanks Andy I’ll find you on Facebook later and we can arrange a meeting, that all sounds very reasonable. Nigel

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