Trip 1 Carp Fishing – 2019

I am out for my first night of 2019.  My youngest was have a friend over for the night and my services were surplus to requirement – phew.  I did offer to stay at home but was told it was a girl only weekend.


I arrived just after 9 am and had a chat with another member.   He had been on her for a few nights but was still happily blanking.  As the Christmas rush was over, the lake was a lot more peaceful and only 3 or 4 of us were on the lake.  It took me nearly 2 hours before I settled on this area.  I then proceeded to look for some new spots in this area.  I hadn’t seen a thing looking around and purely pick this swim due to its location to the back bays and the sanctuary area.  Both are holding spots for the carp at this time of the year.  It’s been fishing hard for both the day and night anglers over the past month, but from my experience over the last 4 sessions on here and speaking to other old members, this is what generally happens each year and the lake will pick up as we move through January.

Conditions are not too favorable but could be a lot worse, the pressure has started to drop slowly.  I find it more about the constant conditions over the winter months.

My right hand was fished on the drop off in a nice area I found with the deeper, this was away from the normal spots in this swim.

And the other was in a very nice weedy area that clearly would hold some warmth and a food source for the carp.

Both areas were baited up with the catalyst active ground bait and micro pellets.  They were all soaked in the Catalyst particle syrup.  The weedy area rod had a natural 15 mm pop-up and the other rod had a 12 mm Pink Black pepper and Squid wafter on.  With this all done, it was time to set camp up and get some food in me.


As the night started to draw in, the liners started and continued on and off throughout the night.  I spent a few hours awake, in anticipation of a run, which never materialized.  This was a worry, I started to think the rig may have got tangled.  It shouldn’t have done but it does happen once a year (just to get you thinking every so often).  There was clearly some fish action over the area, just not interested in picking up my hook bait.


With packing up time here, it was time to pack down camp and head home.


And I hope we are back sometime this week.


Until next time



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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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