Trip 15 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m on the school lake for what may be my last trip on here this winter, as the gardening will be kicking in more, and I will then focus solely on my syndicate water as normal. 

I arrived just before 9 am as always, there was only one other car in the car park, which is a good sign and he was fishing just a couple of swims away from his car.

treesWith the wind due to blow from the east and after finding the tree which had fallen down the last time, was still sitting in front of the swim where I normally cast across to – that wasn’t great news. However, with the complete lack of bushes, well anything really! I walked up a couple of swims and pitched up, so I was able to drop my bait onto the spot as near as I dare go to the tree and then walk back threading my way around the trees.

Just off the stump

I dropped my bait just off the stump, about 3ft from the bank, and then scattered a few handfuls of Classic Corn 8mm pellets and approximately 10 13mn Classic Corn boilies.

Nice spot

My other rod was cast, with a gentle underarm cast in front of the stump, about 3ft off, also baited the same way.

My swim

I’m not 100% that this is a real swim – unfortunately, you can’t really tell at the moment, after all the cutting back, which obviously will return in time.

Open plan

I’m not going to complain as I’ve taken full advantage of the cutbacks, as it generally means I’m able to cast about more; without the need to move swims 3 times each trip.

I’d a feeling it was going to be a bit hard going today, the cold weather was coming back and the temperature was dropping, and the lack of sunshine we had been having here for the past few days.

My favorite spot didn’t let me down, and before I even had the chance to sit down and contemplate my chances today ( and pray the sunshine did actually come out, as the weatherman predicted), the right rod was away and without too much of a complication with an underwater branch, I was soon playing a lovely mirror under the rod tip and gently slipped it in the net.

15lb 1oz

Wow, that’ll do! I’m sure I’ve had this fish before a couple of times from that spot; it must hang around there a lot.

Let’s hope that isn’t my only action of the day.

I was almost on the verge of moving swim after seeing a carp, which wasn’t that far away from my left rod (this being a small bay around the corner from the stump I was fishing). When that rod whizzed away with a baby common, this can be an issue with club water, but 4 or 5 hours put on a winter’s day, 10 minutes from my house? I’m never going to complain.

Baby Common

I had been watching the wildlife with definitely with a spring in their step!

Not me

With the exception of this one, on its stick!

I had only an hour left before I needed to be home, time had passed very quickly, probably due to listening to fishing podcasts.

I decided to put that rod back out there, stay put and get a few more pellets around that stump.


We’ll see if we can manage to bag anything else before my time is up. I’m glad the sun is out as it was pretty fresh out here.

It was soon packing up time and time to head home.

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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