Trip 57 Carp Fishing – 2018


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 66hrs

Ian and I are back down Meadow Lake for another few nights and it’s probably the last one until next year.  Ian will be heading for pike fishing and I will be sticking to the carp for a bit longer, then I will be after the perch over the really cold months.


There was a change in the weather conditions and the gap swim was the best option for this weekend.  The other two favorable swims were taken.  We swapped over sides this weekend and marked about, checking out any changes in weed growth, etc. and then set about getting a bit of bait in the swim.


Morning arrived and as I half expected, the rods were silent overnight.  The prime swims had been taken, so we need the carp to be pushed our way.  The carp was very much held up in that area and only accessible from two swims.  The far bank was another safe haven for them as well, this was way out of my casting range.


I’m fishing similar tactics to last weekend, I’ve tweaked the sizes of bait and hooks a bit and lengthen the hair on the bigger hook bait.

In the afternoon, I set about finding a better spot for my left-hand rod.  The wind was from the East and behind us, it was the perfect opportunity to get the Deeper out and let it drift beyond my casting range (I use this method a lot).  It creates less disturbance over the area you are fishing and it was pretty much flat out there, with no real features and then, BOOM this popped up on the screen.





After locating the spot with the marker float as the Deeper was drifting still; I was after the edge of this feature and not on the middle of the weed.  I spombed out a mixture of ground-up Catalyst boilies with hemp, this had been soaking in Catalyst syrup for the last 4 days.  I added to this, a small amount of 12mm Smokey and Catalyst boilies. The other rod was left alone, I just added a pva bag filled with Betafin, Smokey, Catalyst pellets with a good load of Catalyst syrup.

My first take happened just before 1745 to the left-hand rod, it had been placed on the new spot which I found on the Deeper earlier on in the day.  It was a long hard fight, which no real issue, other than it dived into a load of weed under the rod tip and buried its head in there.  But with a bit of pressure, it was soon out and safely in the Nsr.


30lb 5oz

I rebaited and got the bait back put there.


An18mm Catalyst wafter with 15mm PPS pop up, this rig and bait combination has produced me a few nice lumps over the Summer.

The second night was full of heavy rain showers, these carp, just don’t like it.  It meant another silent night on the buzzer front.  It was flat calm at first light.  I was hoping to spot signs of carp, but it just wasn’t happening.  Rain was forecast throughout the day, fingers crossed, the real heavy stuff has moved on and the carp will fancy a day time feed.  The wind was due to pick up from the S/W with a drop in pressure as well, it’s looking good today.


Just after 1130 and in the rain, the left-hand rod pulled up and I was into a tench.  That one was safety returned I chucked a new bag out.  It was breakfast time or should I say lunch, once that was over and the rain had completely gone.  It was time to top up the swim.


I need to wait a bit longer to redo the distance rod as the wind was still pretty blowy out there, it was due to drop and that would be a perfect time.

Just before 10 pm the right had rod bobbin pulled up and after the tench early on today, I thought it may be another, but alas not.  No sooner I had got that rod out, the other rod did the same.  I pulled some line off the spool and it pulled up again.  I quickly picked the rod up and pulled into a lump of weed.  Once on the bank and a closer inspection, I had a rig, lead and a load of braided line, oh joy that was both rods not quite on the spot in just 20 minutes.  The joys of casting in the dark!


Well its nearly the end of a very hard few days fishing and a very enjoyable social with Ian, albeit the last one for some time.  He is after the pike this Winter and will be putting a lot of groundwork in, effort equals reward and I will update you of his progress over the coming months.

Unfortunately, it was yet another peaceful night on the carp front and after a lot of thought, its clearly apparent that the carp are held up in front/in-between the two swim which have been constantly fished all season.  The others just have no carp in them.  Therefore, all the angler’s bait is going into this area, only a few are scattering in other areas.  This area is also adjacent to two sanctuaries which will give the carp a rest bite from angler pressure (without moving too far away from the food source).


Last chance for the both of use

It was a blank for Ian and just the one for me; very hard going but these things happen.

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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