Trip 59 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 44 hrs

I was unable to get down the lake until Saturday mid-morning, the wife was out at the ballet with a friend last night.  By the sound of things, the lake was pretty rammed and I don’t blame them, the conditions this week have been spot on and a few carp have been banked.


I arrived just after 1030 and found the lake pretty empty, as most of the Friday night boys had headed home.  So I was in with a chance of getting in one of the prime swims.  The wind was belting down this end of the lake over the next 48 hrs and another good storm was pushing through over the next 24 hrs.  It certainly felt like the best option.


I set about checking over the areas with the Deeper.  I was looking for a weed bed and a nice clean gravel area in front of it for better bait presentation.  After finding a couple of perfect spots I was very happy with, I spombed out about 10 ground bait balls over each area.  I like to do this in the Autumn months as you get a better concentration of particle bits – rather than a spread over a great big area.  You can never really tell where it will end up when there is a big blow on the lake.  The under toe will carry smaller particles away from your area.  I also put out plenty of 12mm Smokey/Catalyst boilies and I was fishing a pop up and snowman both on a Ronnie rig set up.

Unfortunately, my baiting up skills where rubbish this weekend, I spombed 27 wraps last weekend perfectly, this weekend I was sending them all over the place and only fishing 16 wraps out.  These things happen.  Just a bit more spread about then I would have liked.


The first take happened just after 1930.  Unfortunately, it was a bream, not had one of them for some time.  The rod was soon back on the spot and I was drying out in the bivvy, the rain had arrived, as forecast.

Wow, that was a wet, windy night on the bank and with no carp to my name.  Mind you, I wasn’t surprised as I still can’t pick up a take when it’s chucking it down.  I was hoping for a take first thing after it stopped……still waiting!


I re-baited the hook baits just after 9 am, to freshen up the baits and we will see how today goes.  I have spotted a couple of carp top near the left-hand rod, so my confidence was building and with any luck, I would bag a carp this afternoon.  I topped the swim up with a few more balls of ground bait and boilies, sat back and watched the swim.


Well, I waited all weekend for a take and it happened at just at 3 am.  The fish headed into the weed and managed to shed the hook.  Not what I needed, but you live and learn.  With an early pack up, my head was soon on the pillow thinking about it and eventually, I drifted back off to sleep.  The alarm clock was off sooner than I hoped and it was time to get home.

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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