Trip 68 Carp Fishing – 2019

Location – Coombe Lake

Hours Fished – 5 hrs

With yet another rainy day forecast, I did think it had gone away, but nope another wet 3 days on the cards, but it should stop before my week-long trip next week.  It is due to turn dry and cold, frosty mornings with high pressure, it is going to be hard work catching any fish.


Well same swim, same spots, different day and a good helping of bait, I put it out yesterday afternoon.  This was in the hope of attracting the carp and holding them in the swim until this morning.  I think I just may name this swim ‘Lazy Mans’ as it’s so easy to set up in.  I do the set up in my truck, walk through the gate and flick the baits out, its really all about simplifying the process for wet days – just like the past few weeks.


I’m planning on doing two nights here for my next trip, which is why I have been baiting up so much and taking the opportunity to refine my spots.  It’s not looking too promising currently, I can only hope their feeding spell is later afternoon and overnight.


Well, it’s looking like another blank for me on here, this doesn’t bode well for my two nighters, but I feel you have to try these things out to gain knowledge of the lake.  The more time you spend on the water the more you learn.

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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