Trip 16 Carp Fishing – 2019

With the man flu finally fading away (I hope), I’ve popped down my Estate Lake (my new lake) for a few hours today.  This will still take a fair bit of effort, which I need to be mindful of, as gardening season is just around the corner and it’s time to stock the family fund up again!


After spotting some carp yesterday in the bay behind the island and with more sunshine today, that just had to be the area to put my rods in and see if I can winkle a bite!


As ever with the weather, it didn’t quite do what they forecast!  The sun did pop its head out a tiny bit and just after 1115, I had a take.  It was a hard fighting mirror that had me in the weed once or twice, but I finally had my first fish in the net.


11lb 6oz

I re-baited that rod but didn’t put it back near the other bait, as I had placed both baits in the same area on my first cast when I arrived this morning.  This time, I opted for the drop off on the side of the island.

That, however, was the only take of the day but very well received.

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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