Trip 52 Carp Fishing – 2019

After an amazing two weeks holiday in Cornwall.  It’s certainly a lovely part of the UK and I’ve not been there for years but I can safely say, I will definitely be returning there again.



One of my favourite places we visited, very hard to pick, as this area its just full of hidden away gems.


Once back, it was time to get my fishing head on again.  After a chat with a few of the members who were fishing at the weekend, it appeared that the carp were coming out on a regular basis and I could be in with a shout.  The weather conditions were not the best, but I was bankside and who could complain about that?

Swim choice was going to be hard having been away but a very fresh NW wind was going to start blowing by noontime, I felt I needed to be in that wind.  It would be pushing along the point which has four swims along it.  It would also give me an opportunity to spot some carp who were active in the main body of the lake and in the bay behind me.  I wasn’t sure whether to wait until one of the members packed up from the swim where I was for my last trip.  It would be at the back of the wind but it had been occupied since Friday or stick to one that hadn’t been fished and was in the full force of the wind.  Then a carp rolled – job done.

I checked out one of my normal spots for weed growth and then set about finding a new area to fish.  I was sure that the carp were more spread than they had been over the past few months.



This was the spot I picked for my right-hand rod.  I was fishing a pop up just to the right of the main body of the weed bed and I baited very heavily with a mixture of 12mm Smokey / Catalyst boilies.  I then moved on to the next spot.  I was looking for a new feature in this swim, previously it had been hard going on the left-hand side of the swim.  However, in previous years that area had produced very well.  I’m not sure if it’s the lack of bait going into that area, everyone has started to only fish the right side or it’s just gone off the boil.


I found a perfect area; just off where I’d seen a carp roll, it then moved away to the hard part of the lake.  I wished to fish one rod on silt and other on gravel, I also baited this area very heavily with the same boilies, the hook bait for this rod was going to be a Catalyst wafter.

My first take happened just after 4 am, with a couple of bleeps and a nice slow run.  I was on to the rod straight away and pulled into what felt like a good lump moving from the left across to my right and out into open water.  I was buzzing right up until the point where the hook pulled out.  Which was pretty gutting.  This has happened a few times recently, I had not changed my rigs or set up.  So, this points to the carp could possibly changing their way of feeding and only mouthing the baits.  This in turns means they/I don’t get a decent hook hold.


After a lot of thoughtful thinking during the day and a more favourable weather conditions moving in, I finally decided that I would stay for another night even with the early pack up.


The sun was setting real low and the carp began to show.  But not over my bait but in the vicinity and I’d not seen any real signs all day long.  However, just after 9 pm, the left-hand rod gave a few bleeps, which got me out of my bivvy!  With the headtorch pointing at the rod tip and I could see the line twitching.  Quickly, I picked the rod up and pulled into thin air.  I quickly reeled down and repeated the process until I finally caught with the carp, who at this point was heading for the overhanging tree to my left. As quickly as I could, I put the rod under the water as far as it would go and slowly pumped the fish away from any obstructions.  I played the fish out over the next 10 minute as I was probably a bit paranoid about losing another one, it was soon safely in the Nsr.


30lb 8oz Common

I was over the moon and very happy that I had stayed.  With carp topping out there, I soo had the rod back out and feeling very confident.

The next take was just after 2 am and produced this lovely mirror.  I may well have had it before and will check when I get back home.


23lb 5oz Mirror

Very pleased with my second carp of the night and definitely worth the effort.

The alarm clock was soon sounding and it was time to pack up in the first light of the day.


Pack up time

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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