This time I would like to cover carp safety on the bank when unhooking and using a sling + photography.
The most important part of this is the fish comes first at all costs. You have caught it and well done. There is no need to put the fish’s life in danger just because you need a photograph.
1. Be prepared, as all good Scouts say, this is so true with fishing. Part of the process of setting up my rod’s, bivvy etc, I always set up my unhooking mat, water bucket, weighing pole and have my scales in the bivvy door.
I also have my tripod at the ready.
There should NEVER be a need to leave the fish unattended on the mat.
If you’re not ready just put the carp in a sling and safely put it in deep water. NEVER in shallow or hot water (like this summer has been), there will be a lack of oxygen. Always have the sling cord at the ready attached to a peg or spare bank stick, all set to clip on.
These are all very simple things and should be organized immediately after, if not before you cast out.
In this day and age, self-take photography amazingly simple and there is no need for that 2am call to your best mate!
Just practice with setting up your camera stuff and doing self-takes with no fish.
Even if I do have a friend about, I generally still set up and do a self-take, that’s the way I have been doing things for over 30 years.
Hopes this helps
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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.
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