Trip 89 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 20hrs


This is probably my last night of 2019.  The kids are off next Friday for two weeks and it’s family time over Christmas – I may slip out for a day Pike fishing.

I arrived to find only one other angler on the lake and a day angler looking round.  After all the heavy rain last night, I was not surprised to hear he had blanked.

I needed to be off by 6 am tomorrow morning so I was looking for a swim I could park near and as the track goes all the way around the lake.  I spoke to the other angler, who had heard Carp in the night to his left.  This was also the swim I had fished on and off over the past month.  It felt like the right area to finish this year’s campaign.

The swim choice was made and the rods were soon on the spots.  I put both rods out into the same area and as its quite big I would put 6 small spombs out later on this afternoon and unless I spot anything else.

The weather was mixed with sunshine and light shows, the pressure was rising – however slowly.  I felt I was certainly in with a chance of a Carp and a few had been out over the weekend.

As the day turned into the night there was an amazing sunset with an orange glow over the lake.


I was happily watching Netflix and listening to the rain on the brolly when the right-hand rod burst into life.  I was straight out there and pumping the fish in desperately, hoping it hadn’t kited left, as it was trying to find the margin with the overhanging bushes/tree.  Once I had the Carp in front of the swim, I loosened the clutch on the reel and played the fish out under the rod tip it had a couple of lunges towards the right-hand bush.  This had me worried for a moment but the Carp was under control and soon in the Nsr50.  Boy, was I happy!


26lb 3oz Common

That’s a peach and will do me nicely.  I sorted out the photos, got the fish back, the bait was back out on the spot and I was hoping that another one may come along before dawn.

My next take happened just after 2145 and it was pouring down.  Oh, well had to happen one day.  I followed the same process as before and soon netted my second Carp of the night, wow I was over the moon.


19lb 13oz Common

I quickly got the rod back on the spot (after a very wet photograph session) and I was back in the bivvy warming up with the stove on.

The third take of the night came just after 2 am, this was another hard fighting Carp that pulled the dial round to 24lb 12oz


24lb 12oz Common

This has turned out to be the best night fishing of the year and it also my last night.  Absolutely amazing.  I’m buzzing so much, I doubt I will get any sleep.  With the hook checked and a fresh bait on, the rod was back out there again.

The alarm clock was soon sounding and it was time to head home.  This has been a brilliant night and it was time to say goodbye to my syndicate water until next year.  Hopefully, I may fit a few short day sessions in before the kids break up for Christmas.

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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2 Responses to Trip 89 Carp Fishing – 2019

  1. What a great way to top off Xmas! Nice fish.

    Liked by 1 person

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