Trip 30 Carp Fishing – 2019

A big storm was moving through over the weekend, the likelihood it would stir the carp up.  I just had to get myself down the lake.  As luck would have it, a friend could collect my youngest from school as well as their own.  I got down the lake by noontime.  This gave me the opportunity to look around for a bit and I got myself sorted by 2pm, fingers crossed for an early evening take.


The main lake was pretty busy in the areas I fancied and I wasn’t keen on sitting out in the open with 50mph winds forecasted!  I needed a bit of shelter to protect me, I still really wanted to be in the thick of it.  The carp had been showing signs of spawning the other week – proper signs such as thrashing about in the reeds and full on chasing each other.  It amazes me that with the carp in this lake spawn in the first few days of May.

After a good look about, I ended up in the same swim as my last trip out for no particular reason other than it felt the right place to be.  I put both rods on the right-hand spot I had found as I was planning on moving one of the rods to my margins midmorning Saturday, as the wind would be pushing onto this bank.  It would give me the opportunity to bait up a spot and just leave it be until tomorrow morning (unless I had a fish).  I would not put the rod out next to the other one, in fear of spooking any other feeding carp.


I am sticking to the same tactic as previous sessions as there is no point in changing anything when it’s working for you.

With that all done it was time to sit back, relax and get my book out.


The night was incredibly rough and pretty cold.  I made the hard decision, I would head home because I didn’t feel the conditions where right and I could make better use of my time later on in the year.

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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1 Response to Trip 30 Carp Fishing – 2019

  1. It is a hobby Richard, we are meant to enjoy ourselves, otherwise what is the point? So there is no shame in saying I’m cold and fed up and I’m heading home. In fact to stay on, would have been the odd decision!


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