Trip 43 Carp Fishing – 2019 – d

After the success of my last trip on the Estate Lake and still full of confidence, it was worth another go.  The more time I spend here, the better understanding I will get.


With the mozzie issue last time, I have come down straight after the school pickup, with the youngest.


Who is quite happy with her tablet, some water, and food.  I’m hoping to catch early on and avoid the mozzies.  I think we will be fine until 1930 ish, which will give me 3 hrs and save my wife coming to collect her.

I have picked this swim, I feel it is an ideal spot and after catching one the other day, it felt perfect for a short trip.


The same tactic as before; 15mm Catalyst wafter with a small natural dumble one cut in half and a pva bag filled with Betafin & Catalyst pellet (a load of food dip poured into the bucket and let them soak for weeks).

There were clearly lots of carp in the weed.  I just hope they would venture out and feed before I need to be off.  Due to the nature of the lake and it’s very undisturbed, I felt it best to fish until 1930 and then head off.  This is better for everyone including the carp as when my wife and eldest collect her; despite their best efforts, the carp will feel the disturbance.  At the moment my youngest is making no noise and I’m sitting on my bucket or creeping about, perfect conditions and no point in changing it


I was getting pretty confident as the carp were getting a lot closer to my spot and just needed them to get there heads down.  I just ran out of time.  I promised the wife, I would be home by 2000, so I had to reel in at 1930.  This meant we had been fishing for 3 hrs.  This was plenty of time for my daughter who was brilliant and very well behaved.

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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