Trip 19 Carp Fishing – 2021

I’m out for my Monday day trip and fingers crossed next Monday we will all be out night fishing (for a night or two), as long as the muppets don’t spoil it for everyone else.  I just hope the small minority who are definitely not following the restrictions don’t blow it for the rest of the country.  It would be nice to see more people, socialize and have a laugh.

It’s an absolutely stunning day here and quite a few anglers have ventured out.  I’m quite conscious of people roving about on this lake, as I have done before myself until recently.

I really wasn’t sure where to pitch up.  I’ve great confidence in this spot, but from casting across the lake.  The likelihood of someone setting up near or even in the swim was quite high, so I had 3 choices; fish it like I had been or set up in the swim (I’d only managed 1 take doing this) or just pitch up somewhere else.  However, another car arrived in the car park so it was pretty clear I really needed to set up somewhere soon.  As my barrow was at the back of the swim, I quickly walked back and set myself up there, with maybe the possibility of a move mid-afternoon if any of the anglers headed home.

Certainly a disappointing day on the carp front.  I’m really starting to believe that these carp just don’t like too many people on the lake at the same time.  Unfortunately, there’s no real opportunity to move swim and I’ve not seen any carp show themselves.  I’ve not even had a liner, I’m really thinking of knocking it on the head and going home at 3pm today.  Hopefully there will be fewer people out and about tomorrow.  Which will also most likely to be my last trip on here until next wintertime, if all goes well with covid over the coming months.  I do believe there is a fair chance of another lockdown before this year is over.

Let’s hope I can get a few night’s in on my new syndicate water, before that happens and with any luck bag my first carp from there.  There are a few Tench to contend with, which is something I’ve not been bothered with for many year’s, more about the new lake when I get there.

Just hoping for a bite today, would be nice.

It was not to be and I headed home to meet the kids from school, which is always nice.

Until next time

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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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