Trip 51 Carp Fishing – 2019

With the wife dropping the kids off at the mother-in-law’s for a few days.  It gave me the opportunity to do a quick night before work on Monday morning.


I’d the pick of any swim.  After chatting with a fellow member, the wind was hacking down the lake and there had also been a big storm over the weekend, I felt this was my best choice.  I was concerned that the carp may just be at the back of the wind, but the only sign and information was they weren’t.


I baited my normal spot with 8 large spombs of my favorite combination of stuff.  I put one rod on there with an 18mm Catalyst wafter (after leading about for a clear spot) and then I set about thinking of where to put the other rod tonight.  There are so many options available in this swim.  In the meantime, I flicked a Catalyst pop up into the corner of the bar and planned to watch the lake.  I may even make up my mind as the day progressed.

The strong wind was about to push hard into this corner of the lake, so I got the Deeper out and allowed it to drift over this area a few times.  The wind allowed me to cast out of the swim and into an area I was not interested in.  The Deeper would drift into the swim negating the likelihood of any unnecessary disruption to the swim, I use this technique a lot and it works very well.


As there was a bit of weed about, I needed to put the marker float on the spot to help me with accurate casting.  I flicked a bait out, then 4 large spombs and split the rods up, this is to make playing fish easy.  I’m not sure why more people don’t do this, probably because it doesn’t look good – I’m sure the carp don’t care.



Just after 7 pm that rod ripped off, after the initial battle and the carp was well under control, the hook pulled out – aargh!

I checked the point and it was absolutely perfect – just one of those things which happens every so offered.  It felt like a nice lump, but you can never completely tell.

The rod had not been back on the spot for very long, another carp rolled over the spot, fingers crossed for another take.

It was just before 1130 pm when the same rod was away.  At first, I thought it was a Tench, but as the fight progressed, it was clearly not.  Even though it the only started to wake up in the margins, the fight progressively got more intense but the battle was done and a nice Ghosty was in the Nsr.


20lb 1oz Ghosty

My third capture of this carp over the five year’s if been fishing on here.

The rod was soon back on the spot and hopefully, another carp will pass my way.

The next take came to the right-hand rod this time and it was stuck in the weed bed for some time.  After a bit of gentle pressure, it was free, but carrying a good lump of weed.  This played havoc in the margins but I had gained control, it’s like having a dead weight attached to the line but about two foot away from the carp.  The weed get stuck on the leader knot, but we finally made it into the Nsr, it felt like a lifetime and my arm was certainly feeling the pain.


27.15 Common

The weed had damaged the line, so I had to strip a few meters off, to be honest, after any fight with a fish in weed, I tend to strip off a few meters.  It’s better to be safe than sorry later.  I feel with all the to-ing and frow-ing, the line has a lot of pressure put on it, best to get rid of that line.


The rest of the night passed with no more bleeps or takes.  There was certainly a lot of carp active last night, they were crashing everywhere.  There was a small amount of rain this morning.  It was soon pack up time, head home and get a few days of work done before the big family holiday.

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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