Trip 6 Carp Fishing- 2020

My original plan was to get out on the bank on Monday, but this all changed as one of our computers had a blue screen of death over the weekend.  It just happens to be the one my wife uses, so she spent Monday sorting it out, so that meant me doing the home-schooling that day.  I had a day’s work booked in Friday, so my only day free was now Wednesday and the forecast looked horrible – heavy rain all day.  Thankfully on Wednesday morning the front had moved through overnight more and it was due to be sunny by noontime.  After a late start this morning, I didn’t get to the lake until 10am.


There were only two other people fishing here and as I don’t particularly like fishing anywhere near other people (it’s just not necessary), I pitched up roughly in the middle and walked around the other side of the lake to drop some bait in the margins.  I was planning on casting across the lake today, as we are all on this side and very likely to push the carp over that side.

I’m still mixing up the pop up colour, to see if there is a more prominent colour than the standard on here.  Today I’ve gone with pink and yellow and we will see how we get on.

By 1pm and with only a couple of bleeps, I wasn’t sure what to do next.  There were now five people fishing – including me and not many options open.  The island was the only place free and there was every chance someone would move up there as well.  I’m starting to regret the cast over to the other side, but these margins are known for not producing bites other than at night.

Well, its looking like a blank today and I will not be back until next week.  Unfortunately, it’s looking like ‘The Beast from the East’ is on its way back, bleak times ahead.

Until next time

Stay safe and warm!










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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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