Trip 49 Carp Fishing – 2021

A change in the weather was due overnight on Sunday and I was back down the lake in anticipation of strong winds and heavy rain in the early hours of Monday. This should get them stirred up and on the munch!

Hot Spot

I just had to be in this swim with the way the wind would be pushing. As luck would have it, the BBQ planned for Sunday afternoon was cancelled and I was free to get down the lake a lot earlier than originally planned.

Camp up

With no action, it was time to get some bait on the swim just after 2 pm. I sorted out the kit for the night and in the afternoon it was time to have a play with rigs – a social was coming up and I didn’t have a long shank cured hook, I need to adjust my ronnie rig accordingly.

My first take was at 6 am and on the right hand rod in the middle of a down poor. I’m glad to have my waders on sometimes and this was definitely one of those times!

Heart of the storm

I flicked my head torch on, to work out where the line was pointing as the last thing I needed was a fish kiting right towards the snags. It looked like buckets of water were being tipped from the sky and I felt like I was in the heart of the storm. I could hardly see anything. I worked out the fish was coming straight in and off to my right, this was good news. I grabbed the Nsr50, waded out to my left and prepared to net the carp, it wasn’t that big but with the storm raging around me, I was glad it didn’t muck about too much. It was pretty much straight in the net, amongst the waves crashing into the shore. I headed back with the carp to the unhooking mat, quickly unhooked it and got it back in the water. It was around the 10lb mark, no photos needed and definitely not in these conditions.

With a fresh hook bait on the rods was back out the best I could. I added 2 wraps to counter the force of the wind and it hit the clip. I checked the direction of the line going out into the sea I was fishing, it looked spot on, it was now just after 6 am and definitely time for a brew.

First Light

The rain and wind faded away around 7 am and the prospects of another bite before home time was looking good.  I also had the ability to dry my kit out, which is always a bonus.  Unfortunately, about 9 30 ish, the school rang up as my eldest had a migraine and needed collecting asap.  That was me packing up quickly and heading home.

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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