Trip 72 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 24hrs

The storm had passed by a lot faster than forecast; well the heavy rain part.  There was still a good bit of wind, but only 30mph and none of this 70mph stuff.  I was not going out in that.  I’m determined to catch a carp this week and felt I had a better chance out on the main lake night fishing and not in the day swim.


I was already aware which swims were free as I took a drive around yesterday on my way out from the day trip.  If anyone was crazy enough to set up in the morning, they’re welcome to the swim.

I arrived just before noon as I had been watching the weather (including the wind and rain forecast) and knew it would be about the perfect time as there was a break in the weather.


There were only really two options, one being the swim I spent 4 nights blanking in or the other one was the swim which was opposite.

With swim 1, I understood the conditions had changed but, I would be starting the session with that in the back of my mind.  Also, the way the wind was blowing you were highly likely to lose tackle in the trees, with the wind blowing the line into them.

Swim 2 looked more appealing.  Now, where to put my baits?  Into the far corner?  Can’t do that, after losing 3 fish one weekend it’s a no-no.  I can’t see the point I getting a take at all costs and then losing them, it’s just stupid in my book.

I knew roughly where I want to put my baits, but there were no real clean areas.  So I came out further from the corner, I need bait in that area, as that was where I felt the carp were going to be.  In these conditions, I finally found what I was looking for and put 10 large spombs on that spot and would be fishing a 15mm Catalyst wafter with a 10mm PPS pop up; snowman man style.

I then looked around for another area to my right. I didn’t like the idea of fishing on top of the plateau as weed is still there.  I felt with the undertow of the wind, it wouldn’t make ideal presentation conditions and I didn’t feel the carp would be there.  I was looking for a clean area on the drop-off, which I finally found.  It wasn’t so clean as the other spot and I would need to fish a pop up, 15mm Catalyst would be perfect with 10 spombs over that area as well.


It was time for a brew and some lunch.  The afternoon was peaceful and early evening until all the local firework displays kicked off.









As the night drew on, I heard the odd carp crashing out and this pushed my confidence levels up as they were clearly not too far away, just not over my bait.  The wind was still blowing for a few more hours so I was ever hopeful.  I was up and about listening in the night a few more times and it was clear that a few anglers may well have caught, they may  well have been fishing in the middle of the lake.  It was a good sign that the carp were on the move and feeding.


I was awoken by the last of the rain and a flat calm lake, the sunshine was breaking under the last of the rain clouds and it promised to be a warm sunny day.  Still no carp, at least I could dry out the kit.


Well, I came and tried my hardest over this trip (and the previous ones over this week) but it was clearly not to be again – such a shame.  Over the previous October half terms my results have been similar.  So next year, I clearly need to draw from these years and do something different or just go away with the family.

That’s the one.

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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