Trip 40 Carp Fishing – 2021

I was really hoping that as England were in the final of the Euros that the lake would be empty, but with modern tech you just never know. It has always a great night to fish going back over the year’s.

I arrived down the lake just before 2 pm as I’d arranged to meet Ian to hand over some wafters and pop ups in the entrance to Meadow Lake. Which is about 200 yards away from this lake. I left in plenty of time as I just can’t abide being late and you just never know what the traffic across the forest is doing. As I has made good time, I was able to take a quick walk from one of the car parks for 15 minutes and much to my surprise the lake was empty – other than two cars in the main car park. They may have been packing up, as I never found them before I had to get going.

After seeing Ian and having a quick chat, I was off back down the lake and into the same car park as before and started to have a look about. Much to my surprise, I found some carp going along the edge of the weed by a shallow gravel margin. There were a good 5 carp out there, so I quickly headed to the swim near by which had access to this area. The front of the swim was full of weed that had blown down the lake, the wind was pushing into this corner. It was due to swing around a bit over the next few days and they could easily bug out, but as I’m not one to miss an opportunity, I grabbed some kit and most importantly my marker rod. It was clear where 2 rods could be placed, I would rather only stick one over there if I could find another couple of spots. The other issue was my set up had to go on the bank, as I had no way of attaching my pod to the platform. This would make things a bit interesting, but with a little effort, I got it sorted. I was still seeing carp, but the weed was horrendous in front of me and the rain had finally arrived. So, I quickly flicked all 3 rods out along the margins over about a 50 yard length, until the rain stopped.

I was looking out the bivvy, in the pouring rainm, just watching a great crested grebe go by and it suddenly stopped and backed away. I took note, quickly grabbed the Deeper, flicked it to the right and drifted it in the wind. Bingo!

I reeled in all my rods, once the rain had finished and headed out in the boat with the Deeper scanning around for that spot. After a little time, I located it and dropped one of my fox mini hex blocks on the spot. I drifted about for a bit to check how big it was, not to bad. I had also picked up a smaller area closer in, which was very problematic to find, but after 10 minutes or so, bingo, this one was a lot smaller but I thought it would be possible to under arm cast to it. This would make thinks a lot simpler.

I scattered a good helping of bait over both spots and headed back to shore to sort the rods out. Then it was back out to retrieve the hex blocks as there’s no way I’m leaving them out there, with my luck I’d lose my first carp on them.

The weather conditions overnight where horrendous and the rain continued until noon time. I waited ever hopeful for a take, as carp where clearly still in the area; just not visibly feeding on the spots I had found. By 2 pm (when the sun was finally out) I was ready to get the rods sorted before yet more heavy rain. My bay area was getting full of carp cruising on the surface, but I needed to get out in the boat and get searching for at least one better spot in the area I’d seen the carp fizzing in over the course of this morning. I’m hoping to get this done by 3 pm and if I push the carp out, they will drift back in over later afternoon and the evening. Fingers crossed, the only other way around it would be to wait until later and get wet again or just not bother, tricky choices.

I came to the conclusion that if all the rods came back clean on their spots, I wouldn’t need to get out on the boat. I could catapult a few boilies out, at random intervals over the afternoon without any chance of spooking the carp. They where all perfect. This is brilliant news and will definitely keep the disturbance down. I also flicked the middle rod over to the far margins for the afternoon and may have a cast about later in that area as I’ve seen carp topping and fizzing up. It’s certainly nice to watch a few carp cruising about this afternoon.

After yet another bleep free night. I’d come to the conclusion that I must be fishing the wrong holes in the weed. This bay was full of fish last night and there had been a few crashing in the early hours. I also get the feeling that some may move out into open water. I’m a bit surprised that I’ve not had any tench, which isn’t a bad thing, but there’s certainly been a few of them flapping about. This also leads me back to the fact I’m not quite fishing the right spots. It’s just gone 9.30 am and there are no signs of carp on the surface or under the tree’s.

I’m hoping to get the time to get out on the boat with the Deeper and do some more mapping and you never know, I may just find a few more spots hideaways.

There is no rain forecast for today, which will make it nice to pack up and to be able to go home with dry tackle is definitely a bonus. Next weekend is looking like a heatwave, that will certainly be fun and my choice of swim will definitely focus around shady swims. Lucky for me, this place has plenty of them.

It 10 am and time for a slow pack away, which will take me up until noontime I’m sure and may be beyond to get everything dried out.

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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