Trip 44 Carp Fishing – 2020


Location – Headlands Farm Fisherys

Hours Fished – 12 hours


I’m out today on a day ticket water with an old work colleague.  It’s a lovely place called Headlands Fisherys and it’s in Wellow, Hampshire.  There are even lodges to say in!  It has plenty of swims, when we arrived at 7am there were only 4 other cars in the car park.  They where all fishing at the end – it’s much more open.  We found a lovely area with a couple of islands and a backchannel that leads up past the lodge swim.  The weather conditions are perfect, so let’s hope we can catch a couple each.

My left hand rod is on the corner of an island; nicely cast under the overhanging willow branches with a scattering of 8mm Catalyst pellets, a few 12mm Catalyst boilies and I’m fishing a Classic Corn wafter over the top.  The right rod is straight out into a bay just in front of some reeds (just perfect), this just has the 12mm boilies, as I was having catapult issues and my hook bait was a Masala Spice wafter.  I’m planning on mixing it up a bit and change around the hook baits until I find want works best.

My first take happened just before 11am on a recast and a change of wafter over to a Miracle Berry.  The adjustment was to where I was fishing on the drop off of the island.

12lb 14oz Common

Lets hope its the first of many and my friend can catch one as well, it’s always nice to both catch on a social day session.

The rig was back on the spot and topped up with a few more 6mm Catalyst pellets.

My second take was on the right hand rod and had a much better fight with this.

13lb 12oz Mirror

Very happy with that result and nice to catch a mirror carp for once.  The rod back went back on the spot and I catapult a few more boilies out and got the coffee on.

My next take was a few hour’s later, but on the left hand rod.  I had just reeled the right hand one in as I was fed up with the duck’s, who had recently discovered my rods location and just would not give up.  So time to move it.  I think the best option is to fit both across the front of the island as it’s clearly the most productive spot.

21lb 9oz Common

This one tried to go left up the channel, I had no option but to sink the tip to the bottom and slowly pump the fish under the overhanging willow tree.


After getting the rods back out there, I raised the tips up, put the butts on the floor and slack lined it, so not to spook them from feeding.  I catapulting some more Catalyst pellets out, which I had soaked in the Catalyst food dip and changed both rods over to the Miracle Berry wafters.


That was it for me, but my friend managed a 14lber just before pack up time.

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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