Trip 48 Carp Fishing – 2021


After a lot of investigations last trip, in and around the bay to my right and with similar weather conditions, I just had to take a look. Even though, I’m more convinced the carp move in and out over the night, but possibly hang around until just before noon.

The Bay

I simply had to give it a go and see how it panned out over a couple of nights. I felt I had to do at least 2 nights before I came to a conclusion. It wasn’t going to be easy to fish, I didn’t want to draw attention to what I’d been up to, there where a few snags close by, but the silty areas is where I was planning on fishing so it shouldn’t give me too many issues. Armed with my waders, hopefully all would go well.

Rod over the reed

I’d set up with my rods over the reeds, with storm pole as the front sticks and about 2.5ft back rest. I really don’t like destroying the undergrowth, I prefer to make less of an impact on the bank as possible. This intern will hide me from the carp. It was hard not to make any noise, but with any luck this would push the smaller carp out for the night and hopefully just the bigger ones would move back in tonight.

I’m fishing into the silty area’s, with a nice look hook link, a balanced wafter and a pop up. I took the opportunity to wade out and place my bait, both with very large mesh bags filled with Catalyst pellets and a scattering of my ground bait mixture. The wind was pushing nicely from the west and nicely into the bay.

Tiny Gap to walk through
Morning

There was no action in the night and I’m not sure the carp came back in here last night, the wind has started to pick up, it’s turning cloudy now and should be a overcast for the rest of the day and a good chance the will move back.

With no action, I redid the rods and adjusted the spots slightly, I also added a few Classic Corn boilies this time. Last night was only pellets and my groundbait mixture, I wanted something more substantial in the swim tonight, I think the small fry may have cleared that up a bit too fast. The conditions are still looking promising, with the odd carp showing in open water beyond the bay, the carp activities are getting more frequent.

Misty Morning

With another bleep free night, it was time to make a move home later on this morning. It hadn’t quite gone as I had hoped, the carp were here on arrival, I know I disturbed them setting up, I was sure they would head back in here at some one over the 48 hours. But I feel, they only got as far as the entrance, I was fishing slack lines and they where pinned down. This shouldn’t have effect anything, I was quiet and tucked down below the reeds and only ventured out and about when needed, to avoid spooking them.

I spotted a couple of fish drifting into the bay and out again, but not going down to picking up the baits. I’ve decided that going home today and coming back on Sunday night is the best thing as the weather is looking very promising, with a big wind coming and a load of rain. This has got to stir them up and get their heads down.

Clear sky’s

With the sun blazing down, its time to dry my kit out, have a slow pack up and head home for a nice family weekend in the sunshine.

Until next time

Richard

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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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