Trip 53 Carp Fishing – 2018

I had the opportunity to do two nights this weekend and with a change in the weather. It was perfect timing, a drop in temperature and a good bit of wind a rain pushing through over the next few days.  The pressure is still up but I feel the wind and rain will get them feeding again.


After a lot of humming and haring over the past few days (based on the information I had gathered on my last trip), as I spent a good two hours looking about and flicking the Deeper out.  I had also Spombed some bait over a wide area in the hope of getting them on the bait and in the mood to feed.  I am positive they where just not on anglers bait.


I had ground up a few kilos of the Catalyst, mixed up with the Food Dip and left to soak for a few days.  I then mixed with SF hemp and tiger when spombing out and I will be altering the hook baits until I find a combination which picks me up a carp or two.

After a good look around the area where I felt the fish were in – I was proved correct and soon decided on my best option for the next 48hrs.


Now the hard choice of which spots to fish.  As I had arrived just after noon time, I just put a couple of Pva Bags out, filled with a mix of SF Pellets which I soaked in Minamino and Betafin liquids.


I had attached an Evo maggot Clusters for a bit of add attraction and feel for the carp. Remembering that carp feel their food items and as they feel very natural, I am hoping to trick them into picking up my bait.

My plan was to set up camp first, the kids were here for a few hours until the wife collects them on her way to her mum’s.


They were very happy tucked up in the bag together, with the rain pouring down all afternoon.

My first take happened just after 5pm and was on the rod down the right-hand margins.  I had put this out on my arrival, as I was not planning on baiting up until later on in the evening.  I was very happy to see that it was a mirror when it first rolled on the surface.  This is rare on here and I was wondering if it was the one I had before. But I don’t think it is.


I was very happy with that and it just pushing the scales over 20lber I was very pleased, as my average weight on here is rubbish this year.

After watching the carp topping today and on my last trip, I flicked the Deeper around and was surprised how shallow the water was.  I carried on looking for a deeper spot and I finally discided on a couple of spots for the night and would put a bait back up the margins in the daytime – I felt it would be too risky in the night time.


I Spombed out about 5 loads (over each area) of a mixture of Particle, chopped boilies, and pellets, all small food item’s.  I fished a 15mm Catalyst Wafters on one rod and an Evo maggot Clusters on the other rod.  Amazingly, the night passed with no action and I moved the right-hand rod to the margin spot.  After spotting a nice carp of the island, I decided that it would be a good option for a few hours today.  I could spend some time observing the carp, it’s a hard nut to crack this one and is why I keep coming back despite the hard times.


The second night passed with the same massive amount of action as the first, until 0550 when the left-hand rod pulled away slowly and kited off to the right.  After a very quick fight, one of my favorite 8lbers was in the net again, which was a bit of a pain due to the heavy rain at the time.

With the rod back out, it was time for a brew and check the weather.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a wet pack up today, this does certainly make a change from the baking heat over the last few months.


I started to pack up around noon time and managed a duck and a nice kingfisher photo.


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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