Trip 17 Carp Fishing – 2022

I really didn’t think I would make it here again we had so much rain over the past 3 days. The gardens I work on would all be pretty boggy, and I would end up making more of a mess.

I arrived at about eight forty-five in the morning to an empty car park. I got the barrow out of the car and slowly started to walk along the bank, checking for signs of carp. There was nothing about and I opted to start where I had fished last Monday, once the carp gave their locations away, I would move.

This time, I did flick a bait over the other side after taking a walk along that bank, as there was a bit of movement close in.

After the first hour had passed, I’d seen a couple of smaller carp showing in some quite random places and would keep an eye out over the next hours and then make a move, if I haven’t seen or caught anything by then.

Single Bleep

By eleven o’clock, I was getting itchy feet and reeled in, I needed to find these carp.

Swim 2

I moved swim and catapulted a few 8mm Classic corn pellets out.


These are perfect for the medium range and therefore perfect for my club’s lake.

Spot on

I put on a fresh hook bait and got them both on different spots along the bay in front of me.


That was a perfect cast, and within minutes, that rod was away, and my first take of the day was in the net.

One on the net

I was quite lucky as there must be a snag to the left of that tree. This carp did its best to get there, I always pick the rod up and walk backward, and generally, this works well.

Blank Saver
8lb ish

Once the fish was back, I flicked that rod out but a bit more right of the tree, to give me a chance if I pick up something bigger. Within 10 minutes it was away and kiting left, like a demon and I felt it go under something like a log or a tree root, I didn’t really stand a chance. I put the rod on the buzzer and slackened off the line in the vain hope that it swims out, but in all the years I’ve fished here, it’s yet to happen to me. Sure enough I ended up pulling for a break, and I got everything back, this did cheer me up. I realized my only option was to move on to another swim.

Third swim

I’ve flicked a bait up each margin and scattered a small amount of 8mm CC pellets. I’ve also done the same to another swim further down the lake, if I catch one in here it will certainly be time to move again. If not, I’m going to stick it out as I’ve not seen or heard anything since first thing this morning.

Scruff Robin

It’s very much looking like only two bites for me today, as it’s just about packing up time. I did think one of these rods would rip off again.

It’s not the last of the club lake waters this year, I’m planning on keeping a small bucket and one rod in the car – just in case I finish earlier than I plan some days. I will pop by for an hour or so and I may just try for those Crucian Carp again. We will see how things pan out over the year, if not, I will be certainly back on here this coming winter.

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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