Trip 61 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 66 Hours

I had the opportunity to arrive on Tuesday afternoon for this trip.  After all the angler pressure from the weekend, I thought it would be a great idea.  I arrived just after 1340 and took a drive around the complex, in order to get an idea where everyone was.  There were only 3 swims taken, one of which I quite fancy having a look at, may be next time.  After last week’s hard times, this week I was looking at being on the back of the wind or away from the main blast (as it were).  It was due to blow another good southerly again, with rain on and off over the next 24 hours.  The pressure was going to be high as well, but due to fall tomorrow and then sky rocket on Thursday with bright sunshine, not ideal conditions, but all I have to work with it.

I’m fishing a swim that I’ve fished many times over the years and done pretty well out of.  This will certainly give me a bit of confidence and fingers crossed, it’s not as hard going as last weeks trip.

Both rods are more or less on the same feature and I’ve baited quite heavily.  I’m fishing both rods on 18mm Catalyst & Classic Corn wafter on my every faithful ronnie rig.

The first night past with only a couple of bleeps and I was woken by a stunning sunrise.

Sometimes you just don’t need a filter, to capture a stunning view.

I rebaited both rods just before 14.30 and got some more bait on the spot, after the rain finally eased off.  Hopefully, something will fancy a nibble later on this afternoon or overnight.  Conditions look perfect and with a high coming in tomorrow, they just have to get their heads down tonight.

The second night past with no action.  However, I did hear carp crashing, not too far away and was pretty confident with catching a carp.  But, by mid morning, it wasn’t looking good.  I’d been thinking overnight that if I hadn’t had any action, I was going to change one rod over to a zig with some black foam as I’m convinced that’s the most productive colour.


I’m not putting anymore bait out and have just put a fresh Classic Corn wafter on and will see how thing’s go.

With another stunning sunrise and yet another carp free night.  It’s time to think out of the box and head for a different area of the lake.  I’m not convinced that the carp are held up in the middle of the lake yet.  I’m more convinced that they are held up in an unusual area for this time of the year.  It’s looking like a 3 night blank for me and I really believe they are not in that open water area yet.  A completely different approach is needed for next week’s trip.

Until next time

Stay safe










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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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