Trip 61 Carp Fishing – 2018

With a free day and the conditions as they are, there was no way I would be wasting this opportunity.  I just had to get down the lake and in one of the day swims.  It was clearly obvious that the carp were keeping away from the main part of the lake.  When I arrived just after 9 am (after doing my school run bit), there was only one-day swim occupied.  However, there were a lot of night anglers and apparently, there where only two night swims vacant last night – the fish will defiantly be feeling the pressure on them.


I kept away from the open water day swims and headed to the bay areas, with plenty of cover for the fish.  The other day angler was also thinking on the same lines as me and had opted for one of the swims at the end of the sanctuary area.  This left me with the other end of the bays, which I think personally is the better option for me today.


I could fish up against some overhanging trees or alongside a small island.  I decided that both rods along the treeline would be more favorable as the wind was pushing hard into that part of the bank and I gained a bit of shelter from the island.

I set up both rods and clipped up the distance and as it was daytime (and fishing had been hard going), I decided I would use bright baits again just to get the carp’s curiosity going.  I put on some Frank Warwick Miracle Berry Wafters and a Caramel Cream wafter.  I flicked them out along the tree line, one nicely in a small cove and the other by a set of pads and sat back on my chair watching the lake.


Just before noon time, the rod (with the miracle berry wafters on) ripped off and I was into a very hard fight common carp.  Who tried going out past the island and then along the left had margins but I gained control and it was safely in the Nsr50.  The pics were done and the fish was returned home and I quickly flicked the rod onto the spot again.


 23lb 4oz Common

I had a few more liners, close to packing up time but that was the only fish.

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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