Cracking Session Back in 2017

Cracking session from a few years back, in the days we could go fishing. 


Below is the full blog from 2017 it was an amazing night and an incredible thunderstorm.

Trip 47 Carp Fishing 2017


After getting a text from a friend saying do you fancy doing a social at the weekend and the wife say yep it’s OK for Friday night – we have a 50th birthday party to go to on Saturday night.

I let my friend pick the favourable area of the lake as he arrived way before me and it was just perfect.  The wind was blowing nicely on to this bank.  It was the perfect area and after a good lead around, I soon found a couple of perfect spots and flicked a bag on them both, with a few catalyst boilies over the top.  Within the hour I was off and into a nice common.

That will do me as a starter.  I re-baited that rod and settled down to a few glasses of wine and a natter, before I knew it, it was time to get in the bag.  Even before I had put a foot in the bag, I was in to another fish.  This tipped the scales at just over 17 lb.  As the night progressed a very large thunderstorm went around the lake but luckily not really over it, as I continued to catch through the night.

Through the night I had 5 fish


What an amazing light show!

Resulting in this lovely 27 lb+ Common and not long after that another Common showing 19 lb 14 oz on the scales.

Now, that was a stonking nights fishing and not long after that, I was away again with my 8th fish of the trip and all in less than 12 hrs.  This was another common at 19 lb 6 oz and as the morning progressed I banked another one at 20 lbs!

I ended up banking a total of 10 fish and losing 2, what a perfect way to start my week’s break away camping with the kids.

All these fish were taken over a small baited area, using catalyst boilies.  Fishing bags filled with Pellet over the top, in conjunction with a Natural or a FW Pops ups Masla pop up.


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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