Trip 55 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 63hrs

I’m back in the swing of fishing again and very lucky this weekend I am able to fish 3 nights and catch up with Ian after the Summer Holidays.


Ian after just after 1030 and had a good look around the lake, he gave me a call with the options available.  It appeared that everyone had the same idea this weekend and had arrived down on Thursday.  We picked the area we felt was best for us.  I arrived down just before 7 pm and quickly baited up two areas which interested me.  I found these areas on the Deeper lakebook in the afternoon before the school run had been done and the kids had been fed.


As I’d arrived so late, I didn’t fancy chucking the bait out straight away, so I planned to top the swim up tomorrow lunchtime.  The carp were responding to large beds of bait quite well at the moment.  I was sticking to my normal mixture but had added crushed hemp this time.  I would still be sticking to the large snowman bait set up.

My first take happened just after 11 pm to my right-hand rod and I played the fish all the way in.  It rolled on the surface just off and the hook pulled out.  Oh, that’s just not funny.  If this happens again, I will soon start to be me paranoid, this will also not help matters.

With the rod back out there, I was in my bed and mulling over what had just happened and it’s just one of those things that happen once every so often.  Just not to me in the past few years – I must have saved them all up until now!

Unfortunately, the night past with no more action for myself or Ian.  The conditions are still pretty good and a chance of a morning take.  The temp is due to rise up to 20 degree today and tomorrow, but the daylight hours are getting shorter.  I’m sure the carp will be aware, Autumn is underway and Winter is just around the corner.


We both rebaited between 1130 and 1300, we feel this is the best time to avoid too much disturbance to any potentially feeding carp.  The weather had turned hot and sunny as forecasted and the pressure would be rocketing up.  In our favor, there was a lovely breeze from the Northwest.


The night past by in complete silence and another sunny day arrived.  I felt there was no point in touching the baits until something happened, there is no real point in adding any more bait.  Ian finally managed to bank a carp (much to his joy), he’d been blanking over the past few trips – he was over the moon with this lovely.


26lb 12oz Common

The first night was full of fish crashing about and the second was the opposite.  I’m hoping that tonight will be the opposite again and I wouldn’t lose another fish to a hook pull!

I was feeling pretty confident that all was on the mark and there was certainly still a good chance of a carp or two.


That just didn’t happen and it was a blank weekend for me – but a brilliant social and a great laugh.

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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