Trip 53 Carp Fishing – 2019

With a busy family weekend ahead, I took the opportunity to pick the youngest up from school and head straight for the lake.  This turned out to be a great move, as it was pretty full up this weekend, these things happen from time to time.


However, I was quite lucky because an area that I had spotted fish in previously was not occupied.  I didn’t hesitate and quickly set up before a passing shower arrived.

One rod was placed on a spot which has produced carp before.  I baited it lightly as I was only here for just over 12 hrs and didn’t wish to make much disturbance.  The other rod was cast to a hardish spot which I found with the marker rod.  I knew what I was looking for as I had looked on the Deeper Lakebook page.


I was after the drop off on the side of the small island, I also baited lightly.  I left the other anglers to create more disturbance and push the fish my way.  I purposely set up and baited upon arrival for this reason.  I then popped over to see Ian, who was fishing the far corner of the lake to reduce the noise level; we shall see how this pans out.


Both rods were on large Catalyst boilies with a 15mm pop up.

We settled down for the night, as I watch the lake, my daughter watches her tablet and munches all the chocolate bars before I noticed!

My first take happened just after 1 am on the right-hand rod.  As there is a rocky ledge to this swim there is no way you can rush to the rods.  Which is always fun when you have just woken up!  But I was soon there and playing a carp in the fog, this is also great fun and you struggle to pick up which way the line is going.  I was also worried about the overhanging bush to my right, but lucky for me the fish stuck to open water and was soon slipping into the Nsr.


31lb 15oz Common

That will do nicely.  There’s always a chance of another one through the rest of the night.  Thankfully, the daughter was sound asleep through the whole thing and none the wiser; lucky I got some photographs as she wouldn’t believe me.  With the rod back on the spot it was time to get my head down again.


The morning soon arrived and pack up time was getting ever closer.


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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