Trip 66 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Estate Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

I’m on the estate lake for my Monday trip and the conditions are looking favorable.  However, I am mindful that there was quite a long gap between my catch’s on this lake and I must not get too overconfident with things.


I’m using 3 rods again today again but may just stick to 2 in the future.  I have grown quite used to two rods after being on my syndicate.  Rod 1 is in a nice clear area, where I lost my first take last time on here, the other 2 are close to the small island and in a small bay, both these areas I have been baiting over the past few months.

The hook baits are still varied until I get a better understanding of their preferences related to the time of the year and presentation situation etc.

I have just seen a carp roll already in this part of the lake, which is a first for some time during the daylight hours. The hook baits I’ve gone for are all Catalyst which is what I’m baiting up with.  I’ve gone for 12mm white, 12mm Glugged and a 15mm wafter, I have had takes on all three so I am very confident the carp are on the bait.


I also I’m testing out my Gorka 4 suit from Grizzyman Clothing and have purposely not worn any other thermal stuff – only thin clothing.  I know it’s not Winter yet, but I generally get pretty cold sitting about at my age or it could be those long cold days pike fishing in the 80s with no protection from the elements.


I’ve got about 20 minutes before its reeling in time and its just not happening today.  There has been a pretty harsh wind blowing and the daytime temperature is pretty low compared to the last few weeks.  Maybe this has affected them?  I’ve not seen any fizz ups today, which on previous times despite not catching they were very common.  There is a little bit of blue sky and if I’m lucky the sun will be out, it may inspire a feeding spell.


Unfortunately, it was not to be and I will certainly be back soon for another go.

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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