Trip 63 Carp Fishing – 2021

One last roll of the dice for 2021. I arrived back down the lake about 0645 on Monday and met up with a fellow syndicate member. We were going to try and pick a couple of swims close by so we could be a little social in the daylight. The forecast cast was pretty grim over the coming 3 days with high pressure and easterly winds.

First light

The rods were wrapped up in my spots where I was fishing last week. I would bait up again around noon and see how it goes over the first 24 hours.

Grey Day

There’s not much chance of any sunshine today, and the wind isn’t that strong, which is quite pleasant. I put out a few spombs of boilies and some Spotted Fin nut mix particles. Within a couple of hours, my left rod was away with my first bream. Oh, joy! They are still about. This is not what I need. However, good fortune arrived with the estate manager in a boat to remove the 3 spombs that were decorating a tree, it gave the area a slight festive feeling. Quite apt for this time of the year.  With any luck, this pushed the bream out into more open water and away from me. I’d decided that there can’t be many carp moving around with them, as they sometimes do.

We will see if this benefits me over the next 24 hours.

That was a very uneventful night, but the bream had definitely moved off my area, which is a plus point, and with any luck, there’s a chance of a carp.  We did some thinking today about maybe moving one of my rods to a different spot.

Ian joined me today for a social with his pike rods. Unfortunately, there was also no action, but we had a good chat and a laugh. We are both looking forward to the spring when he is back out more.

I’ve moved my right rod onto a different spot of the corner of the island near a nice gravel hump

Hopefully, this may well produce something over the next 48 hours. Looking at the forecast for this coming weekend and is looking pukka; unfortunately, for most people, it will be Christmas festivities (spoken like a true fisherman – the wife says!). I’ve only baited this area with a few boilies that I stuck out over the course of the day.

Stunning Sky

I was up early this morning after receiving a couple of bleeps over a 20-minute period; that was it, but it gave me a bit of hope.

After a chat with a fellow member and realizing that he may have spotted carp close to where I set up on the fateful night of the broken phone. So, after a bit of thought and a push in the right direction, I headed off with my Deeper for a hunt and after 30 minutes bingo.

I was soon on the move and set up again.

Single hook baits only, and a few boilies stuck out, I was all done.

The night was silent, with only a single bleep from the wind that had picked up and had swung round to the southwest over the night. This would bring wind and rain over the Christmas weekend, bit of a shame but that’s the English weather for you. This brings this year’s fishing to a close.

I hope you all had a great Christmas as this blog will be published during the festive week and enjoy your New Year. See you sometime over the coming weeks in January. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings.

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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