Trip 15 Carp Fishing – 2021

The kids are now back at school and hopefully things are heading in the right direction.  I’ve organized my gardening rota and I’ve decided once we are able to do nights again, I will start on my new syndicate and fish it Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights as there is likely to be less anglers pressure.  I’ll only have a limited time to to do this as once my wife is back working in the office, I will need to return to my house husband duty’s.  This in many ways will be a big relief as that will mean the holiday industry is getting back on course and Covid has turned into something we have to live with but fully under control.

I arrived down the lake at just after 10am (I had a dentist appointment before hand), only to find the car park empty.  I preceded to walk around the lake, double checking spots, before I headed back to the area I’ve been baiting up over the previous weeks (where possible), when I was fishing.  This was starting to pay off and also for a few other members unbeknownst to them (of my baiting up) or could also be the mixing up of my baiting and theirs – you just never know on club lakes.  I got both rods on the spots and received a couple of liners before 11am, hopefully this was a good sign, unlike my last trip out.  It was just after 1pm when the left rod burst into life, with what felt like a nice carp, as I was fishing the far margins, I slowly played the carp back to my margins and then played it out under the rod tip for about another 5 minutes until it was definitely ready for the net.  The last thing you need is a lively fish on the bank.

17lb 8oz mirror, just perfect and I was well over the moon.  I then got a message from the wife to say my letter from the NHS had arrived to book my covid jab, made the day even better!  With the baits back out, it was time for a brew.

The same rod was away again, but unfortunately after playing the carp to the net, the hook pulled out.  These things happen once in a while, I checked the hook and recast my bait back on to the spot.

I’m going to give it until 1430 today as I very much need to get my jab done.  My family will confirm that I’m a bit covid paranoid.  To get shot on the last few days of the fight, would be stupid in my book.  I was very shocked when I went into town to my dentist this morning at how busy the roads are and the amount of people.  It’s as though covid has vanished overnight.

I just don’t fancy going back into lockdown once we get out at the end of March.  It would be very frustrating for the people that have behaved themselves over the passed year.

I had a few more lines, but no picks ups, I’m sure if I had stayed longer it would of happened, but there are more important things to do sometimes.

Until next time


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About richardhandel

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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