Trip 13 Carp Fishing- 2020


Location – Meadow Lake

Hours – 38 Hrs

I’m back out for another 48 hours and the conditions are pretty perfect.  Unfortunately, the other 5 anglers set up before me thought so as well!  But that’s fishing.  Mind you it’s good to see a bit of pressure on the lake and some bait going in.


There was really only one option where the selection of swim was concerned – I was in the same swim as last week.  The water level was much the same, it had also been raining for the last two days on and off, so it was like a swamp.

Bait up was going to be fun – there was a strong southwest wind blowing down the lake but I felt that I had done a pretty good job.  The baits were on their spots and I was a very happy camper.  I had baited with a mixture of 12mm & 15mm Catalyst, Classic Corn boilies with and few scoops of particle blend.  Pop-ups were my choice of hook baits, both 12mm, but one CC and the other PPS.

My first take of the weekend belted into action just after 0315.  I was soon out of the bivvy (with the waders on) and pulling into a nice lump who was on a mission to go right which is always a worry.  There is a small bay there with a lovely overhanging tree and I’m sure it very nearly found it.  Saying that it had certainly found a weed bed on the way in.  The thought of this worried me until it was under the rod tip and I could play the fish out.  Fewer obstructions were about at the end of the swim as it was some 3ft underwater.  I safely neglected all this and a lovely Common was on the Nsr.


31lb 6oz Common

That will do me!  It was definitely worth all that effort to set up in the dark and rain.  The rod was back on the spot and I was soon back in the warmth of the bag.

The second take happened before I had even settled down and turned the bivvy light off.  It was a hard-fighting Meadow Carp, but less of a problem with the tree than the last. Very much over the moon with these two fish.


19lb 6oz Common

It’s now coming up to 5am, after I got that rod back out on the spot and wrote the blog while it’s fresh in my mind.


I was up quite late, about 0930, I must have been tired after all that action!  I got the kettle on, got my head together and topped up the swim.  There where clearly a few fish crashing about out last night and if the same happens tonight I need to hold them there.  It’s a pretty windy day out, but with a good deal of sunshine, which is certainly nice to see.


The day passed by as normal.  The sunset and it was Netflix time.  I had a minor disturbance at 1950 with a Bream on the left-hand rod but I was all set for the night.  Unfortunately, there was a band of rain moving through in the early hours, right on feeding time, so we will see how that affects their feeding pattern.

The next Carp take happen just after 0615, interestingly not long after the rain stopped.  It was the left-hand rod again, after another hard fight (avoiding the huge tree in the water to my left), it was under control and in the net.


23lb 6oz Common

It must be the weekend of the lbs and 6oz fish!  I was very happy with my result.  With first light arriving at 7 am, it’s nice to see the days getting longer.  It’s going to be one very muddy pack up.

I was halfway through packing up and the left rod ripped off again!  I was into what felt like another lump and it was certainly nice to play a fish in the daylight.  After another encounter with the overhanging tree, it was soon in the net but after a good battle under the rod tip.


34lb 10oz Common

What a cracking weekend on the Classic Corn.  After setting up in the dark in the swap, I was certainly a happy man today.

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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