Trip 1 Carp Fishing 2022

With the festivities over and done with for another year, the kids are back at school, I’m out for my first trip of 2022. I was down the lake early on Thursday morning, I was hoping to arrive Wednesday afternoon, but my car wasn’t ready. It had to go into the garage for a service and mot. I can do three nights but I don’t think it’s worth the effort with the weather conditions as they are. The weather is going to be all over the place. When I arrived it was -3C, by this afternoon there will be 30 mph winds and heavy rain followed by minus temperatures, it’s going to be exactly the same again tomorrow. Not ideal.

Off down the track

I arrived about eight-thirty in the morning to find only one other person on the lake. I proceeded to have a good look about and didn’t spot a thing, which I thought would happen. I had been thinking of my options on the way down here in the car (as I do). The crux of the matter is I would like to head home Saturday morning before the day of rain arrives, but it’s due between 6 and 9 am and unless I’m willing to pack up in the dark, it’s going to be a wet one. I felt it best to be pitched up near my car for a quick getaway I’m not a fan of soaking wet tackle if it can be avoided. These carp just don’t like the rain one bit, they love the wind, which is one positive for this trip and we will see how long I end up staying.

My pitch

My choice was finally made, after lots of standing about, the car is quite close by. Mind you, there are seven swims to choose from like this, which is something I love about this lake, it certainly helps in the winter.

I checked out another spot that I’d fished some years back in this swim, with Deeper, and it was pretty clean.

Lovely Feature

I was definitely putting one there, and the other one was going on the spot I had fished on my other trips in December. I baited up with a mixture of crumbled boilies, maize, and a few whole catalyst boilies.


I didn’t put out a great deal – three spombs over the closest rod and tight together, six over the range rod, spread out and leading towards the channel entrance. Hopefully, to intercept any carp moving in and out of that area, My reason for fishing this swim is because there is a lot of sanctuary areas close by and I felt that completely fishing open water was not the best approach yet.

Both rods would have Ronnie rigs with a small wafter and a 12mm pop-up on, which sits perfectly. I would be playing around with colors in the hope to grab the carp’s attention and hopefully bring me a bite.

Frosty start

The night was cloudy, wet, and then probably frosty – I didn’t get out to check. By dawn, it was chucking it down again, and then it all went flat calm and sunny.


I’m really going to have to check out the forecast today as it’s looking like rain all day tomorrow, and these fish don’t like that at the best of times.

I would like to fish the night and slip away first thing in the morning, but the rain looks like it will arrive in the early hours. I will need to wait until this afternoon before I make my mind up based on the forecast, hopefully, it will be more accurate by then.

The decision was made. Rain is rain due this afternoon until earlier evening and it’s going to start again in the early hours. That was the latest forecast at midday. My plan is to pack away everything, other than the rods, wait until the rain starts in the hope of a bite just before.

That’s its

Unfortunately, that was that and I headed home, I will be back again next week.

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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