Trip 65 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – Meadow Lake

Hours Fished – 48 Hours

I’m back out for another few nights, in the hope of a winter carp.  it’s still hard going, but you have to be in it to win it as they say.

I arrived down at just after 11 am and there was only one other person there who also looking around.  My decision was made easier by the estate lads felling the dead trees at one end of the lake.  There was a cold northerly blowing, not too strong, but it was very fresh with it in your face.  I felt that being in the calmer water would be my best option.

I finally picked a swim I felt confident in, I didn’t see any signs of carp in my two trips around the lake.  I’d spent the last few days mixing up some particles and grinding up boilies in my Ridgemonkey chopper.  I only wanted to put out small particles as attraction and not that much of a food source.

I’ve just got a 12mm pop up on each rod as a hook bait and we shall see where things go from there.

With out a single bleep all night and awaking to thick fog today which was due to continue, it’s going to be hard going to stay another night.  But you just can’t tell, with these carp, when they will switch on, so I just have to stick it out.

I decided to top up the swim with a little bit more of my mixture and mix up the hook baits a bit (as the bites are slow).  I like to add some colour to try and get the carp’s attention and if I’m lucky they will pick it up.

The night drifted by and I awoke to the sun coming over the tree’s and into the bivvy door.  There’s a Robin who is hopping about clearly eating up the crumbs.  A couple of bleeps on the left hand rod from the tufts on my bait, with a hard frosty morning, it certainly must be winter.

I have a few hours left, you just never know and can’t lose faith.  You can get a take at anytime of the day, this time of the year, it a flat calm beautiful morning out here.

I stayed on for as long as I could and the lake did look very carpy.

But I had to reel in at some point and get myself homeward bound.  The car was due to be dropped off at the garage, as it wasn’t enjoying the cold mornings and very nearly didn’t start today.

I will be out soon and hopefully the carp will get their heads down soon.

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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