Trip 8 Carp Fishing – 2022

With a few hour’s free today, I quickly sorted out my kit and headed down the club lake. On a lovely sunny day, it’s looking perfect and with any luck, these carp would be on the move a bit more.

First Swim

There were two other cars in the car park, one guy was fishing down the car park end and the other in the middle part of the lake. It looked like I would be starting down the island end and then moving on at around 1130 am for the last couple of hours. I do like this spot, it gives you an amazing view of the lake and a good chance to spot showing carp.

I spotted a carp stick its head out, way along the margins to my left, I just had to move. It was where I’d scattered a bit of bait out when I arrived and took a walkabout.

Second swim

I flicked out the rods on the spot, and before I could get the bobbin on the middle rod, it was away! With a very scrappy mirror that just wouldn’t give up the fight.

Small mirror

Once things had settled down, I scattered a few crushed boilies about, sat back and soaked up the sun.

It was quarter to one and the rod which was on the spot I’d seen the carp hadn’t twitch one bit. I was loathed to move again, but after seeing a carp of the end of the island, it had to be worth a go. I could still just about get my left-hand rod onto the previous swim spot, with a little flick over a bush. I could also put a bait in one of the other spots I originally started in.

Swim Three

This felt like the best opportunity to give me another chance of a carp on the bank.

Just after one fifteen, I lost a carp to a snag on my left-hand rod. Everything came back except the hook bait; I had to pull for a break as it was locked solid. I recast the rod a little more to the left, in the hope of avoiding the same situation again

I gave it until two-thirty, I had a few things to get sorted for my coming few nights on the syndicate water this week. It’s certainly felt like spring today. Unfortunately, in the coming few days, it looks like we are heading back into winter. It’s very enjoyable sitting soaking up the sunshine.

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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