Trip 42 Carp Fishing – 2019

With the Summer holidays getting ever closer, I’m trying my best to fit as many trips in as possible.  Once the kids are off school I’m pretty limited for time, however, it’s nice to have a break and spend time with the family.


Today, I’m back on the Estate Lake and it’s looking stunning.  I have been away from here for far too long.  I may just have to chance another evening and see how the mossies are!  I have purchased a product which claims it works.  We shall see.  I have tried pretty much everything, even a few urban myths.  I personally believe it down to the luck of the individual person and age, they never really bothered me before.


My approach to this trip is small bags and paste wrapped around the hook bait.  These will be placed in gaps in the weed which are not too far out.  There are stacks of fish about, I just need to get them to put their heads down.  I’ve put out a few tiny balls of the crushed hemp mixture and will give it a couple of hours, I will then move to another spot I’ve already baited up.


I’m sure some of you are thinking ‘why don’t you use floaters?’.  I have tried and failed, so far they are just not interested.  However, every time I come down or pop in, I put a few pouches out and maybe, one day in the future, it will happen.


As you can see, I’ve moved swim opposite to where I was fishing.  I’m pretty confident that the carp use these margins to transit past the island.  All I have done is just lowered a couple of bags out.  I did pop over here first thing and drop a few hemp balls out.

It was less than an hour before the left rod burst into life and with such a tiny swim, I had to negotiate the overhanging tree above me.  Both sides have overhanging vegetation, but all held together and a lovely mirror was in the net.


13lb 12oz Mirror

Not the biggest but another carp on the list from here and maybe a chance of another bite in the last hour from the next swim.


With only 10 minutes before I needed to head home, it was looking like just the one fish.  I am not going to sniff at this as because you can’t help which fish picks your bait up.  It has been an enjoyable few hours and am looking forward to my next day trip.  I need to also brave an evening.


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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