Trip 22 Carp Fishing – 2021

Trip 22 Carp Fishing – 2021

I arrived down the lake at just after noon time and the first car park was full up, this was no real surprise as this is the deepest end of the lake. The next car park was empty, I then quickly headed over to the third car park to see if this was empty or full. There were 3 cars parked up. I head back around to the empty car park, picked up my bucket, and headed off for a walk. I was wondering how far I would get before I found anyone.

The weather was due to change to a strong cold north wind first thing tomorrow morning. I was mindful that I would be here for 3 nights and the prospects of being anywhere where the wind was in your face or not far off would be very unpleasant. I knew that there were only two banks I fancied and the first was pretty full up. This only left me with the shallower end of the lake. So, after much thinking and walking backward and forwards between two swims, I finally picked one.

                                Peg 22

I found the boat for this area and headed out with my Deeper (and my Polaroid glasses on), I was looking for spots and there was a good choice. I flicked the Deeper out from the bank and watched the screen as I set my bivvy up and a couple of likely spots showed up.

I quickly flicked the marker rod out and got a nice gentle knock when it hit the bottom.
I got all 3 rods ready with needle sharp hooks, fresh bait and my bucket of goodies.

I boated the right hand and middle rods out and lowered the baits down to the bottom.

Once this was all done, I also placed the margin rod just of the end of the overhanging tree’s in my swim.

Hopefully, I’d covered all the options leading out or into the bay behind me and also the middle of the lake. My theory is that some carp will have definitely been pushed down here with the pressure from all the anglers up the other end. This area will be the warmest part of the lake and if by any chance the sun comes out over the next few days, it’s going to be toasty over this side. I’m pretty much roasting in my t-shirt this afternoon.

With a very peaceful night. The sun was out first thing, it then turned into sleet for about an hour and then back to blue skies and sunshine. The strong northerly winds had arrived and I had picked the better of the two swims that I fancied. I was nicely tucked away from the real force of the wind and making the most of the afternoon sun.

I had new baits out on the spots and cast them all out this time. The boat was drifting about too much to get a good line laying back to the bank.

It’s due to be a bit colder tonight and the following couple of nights, so I think I will head home tomorrow. Next week is looking a lot better,  hopefully, this is the last of the colder weather.

After yet another snowstorm, I packed up and headed home. I will have another go next weekend.

Until next time

Stay safe



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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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2 Responses to Trip 22 Carp Fishing – 2021

  1. Taya P says:

    I enjoyed rreading this

    Liked by 1 person

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