Trip 30 Crucian Fishing – 2020

Location – Icehouse Lake

Hours Fished – 5 hours

My plan this year has been to start fishing the old local lakes after Crucian carp, it’s been well over 30 year’s since I have had any.  So, with one of the lakes on the club water containing them, these lakes are generally very peaceful and free of anglers, this was going to be my starting point.

My set up was a 11 ft float rod, as I would only be fishing the margins, there are a lot of overhanging trees to contend with.  My hook bait was going to have to be corn, due to the lake containing Rudd, Roach and Carp, this means I may have to switch to bread flake or worms at some point. I would be using Sf method ready pellets, they are just so simple to use.

I arrived about 4 pm (earlier than I had planned), this gave me time for a walk around and a longer time to set up.

I picked a swim along the dam wall as this would be the deeper area, in preparation for this, I had mapped out with my Deeper.

I was soon fishing.  The Roach were certainly going to be an issue, as I managed two within the first hour!  I didn’t like the idea, but I stepped up the size of corn grains, to combat this.  This did help, but would the Crucian pick up?.

As the evening drew on, the Roach died off and the baby Tench moved in!  I was having a very enjoyable evening with the float rod and certainly made a pleasant change.

No Crucian were had unfortunately, but it was a very enjoyable evening and I will be back again next week after them.

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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