Trip 7 Carp Fishing – 2021

With home-schooling for the next few days and the likely hood the lake will freeze over, this was my only opportunity realistically.  Despite the freezing conditions and the fluttering’s of snow, I headed down the lake half expecting it to be frozen, hopefully the wind would stop that from happening.  This turned out to be correct.

With the wind pushing hard up towards the island and there being another angler between me and there, my only real choice of area was between him and the shallows.  I would be fishing over the dead pads, not too far off the margins.

I would be using solid pva bags filled with Catalyst pellets and a pop up on one rod and the other would be a wafter.  I also threw a small handful of crushed boilies about in the margins.  I sat back under my umbrella and hopefully a carp will come my way.

After spotting some carp way down to my left and would you believe?  A lot closer to the shallows and just under the surface.  I scattered some 3mm Catalyst pellets in the hope it wouldn’t spook them too much.  I then set about getting around the other side of the lake and putting the rods out, with the least amount of disturbance and hopefully if I’ve pushed them away, they will drift back, find a small amount of food and fancy picking up a hook bait.

Fingers crossed for the next few hours.

15 minutes later, I had a massive liner, I pulled into thin air, as you do.  I couldn’t ignore it as the tip was starting to pull down.  At least it shows I’m in the right area, just hope I didn’t spook them this time, only time will tell.

It’s not going my way today, as I was having a wee, the same rod ripped off and the carp managed to shed the hook in a dead pad stork.  I quickly got the rod back out and was really hoping I hadn’t completely blown away any chance of banking a fish.

Unfortunately, despite all my best efforts, it was not to be today.

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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