Trip 69 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Estate Lake

Hours Fished – 24hrs

With the family away over half term week, I have 7 nights fishing and this time I have decided to break it up over 2 different lakes.  I will be starting off on the Estate Lake and then moving on to the Meadow Lake.  My thought process is that the Meadow has been very packed over the past few weeks and this weekend the clocks change, so I’m sure it will be the case again.  Which leads on to my next conclusion, give the lake a few days rest after the weekend would be a pretty smart move.  I would then arrive as early as possible on Tuesday morning but I will need to go via home to stock up on food and bait from the freezer.


So, Estate Lake was my first port of call and as luck would have it, there had been no-one fishing there at the weekend.  This gave me the opportunity to stick some more bait in on Saturday night, as the last time I had been able to prebait was Wednesday – after my short day session.  This was part of the pre-baiting plan; to gave them a break over the weekend.  It did allow me to bait up my swim before I arrived early Sunday morning after I had dropped the family off at the airport at 6 am.  When I arrived all I did was flick 3 bags out over the spots and set up my home with the least amount of disturbance.  This must work in my favour – unfortunately, the weather may not be, at least it’s stopped raining.  The downside is that the pressure is going up, Northerly winds and proper low Autumn temperatures and a good chance of a frost.  This is why it may just work in my favour, fingers crossed and I will only know by the end of the week.


I’m in my normal swim; fishing the normal spots I have been baiting up over the past few weeks or maybe more.  My rods are on 15mm Catalyst wafters, all topped off with different colour plastic corn as I like to give the carp a bit of colour this time of the year.  They are building themselves for the winter months so they will be foraging more and with their inquisitive nature, I’m confident this will help me over this week’s sessions on both lakes.

I’m just using PVA bag and no need for any baiting as this was done last night at around 6 pm.  There were signs of fizzing when I arrived which is a very positive start.  I may top the swim-up with some Catalyst boilies if there is no action today.  You never know, they could have mopped up all the bait.


As the day progressed a carp stuck its head out by the island, a couple moved about in the weed and I was feeling pretty confident.  The north wind had picked up, it was feeling pretty cold out and the maximum temperature was 11 degrees today, you could certainly feel the difference.

That was the best night sleep for a long time and not a single bleep on any of the rods.  I stayed up quite late and no signs of any more carp, the morning was just the same, so with that in mind and the thought of Meadow Lake, I was off.



It turned out that there was a very hard frost once I got out of the valley and away from the trees, the fields were just bright white, Winter had arrived.

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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