Trip 27 Carp Fishing – 2019

At my eldest daughter’s request (honestly) she wants to come fishing on the Estate Lake over the holiday, not to fish, but just to have some Daddy time.  She had taken a bit of interested in the lake since I joined and had come along to check the otter fence after the storms in early March.  She had helped to get a fair few of the sticks out of the lake which had fallen in.


We’d been for a walk around the lake the last two evenings and baited up an area where I believed I had heard the Carp topping in the night on my last trip.  A fellow syndicate member had also informed me the same thing, as we are sharing information about the lake in the hope of understanding their feeding patterns quicker.


We had a quick look about and I felt this swim would give us the best option.  There were absolutely no signs of any carp, clearly, they did not like the rain.  I was hoping that it would put them down and get them feeding, I hope this will be the case over tonight.

I placed my baits in a lovely hole in the weed it was nice and clear.  The other off the side of the island where I had previously seen carp and it is most likely a patrol route.  Both rods had large bags filled with a mixture of Catalyst & Betafin pellets, which I soak in the Betafin liquid.

Hook bait-wise, I opted for a Smokey Jack wafter with a white Go2 wafter on top and a single Smokey Jack wafter on the other rod.  Both set up on Ronnie rig with lite leads to keep the noise down when I recast, as I would just be dropping the leads back in with no bags.  I felt that keeping the disturbance down would help me catch another fish, once I had caught the first one.  I put about 6 handfuls of 12mm Smokey and Catalyst boilies over each spot.

The rain continued until after dark and once it stopped, I had a liner on the left rod.  Hopefully, it will mean that the carp had found my baited area.  But that turned out to be the only action and the buzzers fell silent for the rest of the night.

We here not due home until just before noontime.  I was really hoping that they feed at first light and up until mid-morning, the forecast was for sunshine today, but it was overcast first thing.  They clearly loved the sunny days,  would they be back on the top sunning themselves?  I really hope that I would pick one up by then.

It was not to be.

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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