Trip 22 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’d sorted a few things out over this two-week break. One of them was my ridge monkey bucket and seat, kit for one rod this was for a few hours fishing after my gardening work where possible. As kept it in the car, it made it more readily available and gave me that extra push you need sometimes after a hard few hours of gardening.

Ridgemonkey Bucket and Seat

My plan is it go every Monday, which is the quietest day of the week according to the lady bayliff who I talk to over the winter months. It’s been a long time since I’ve fished here in the summer months, and with all the lily pads up, it will look very nice. I’m also planning on testing a few rigs out, as its hopefully going to be straightforward, but will all that extra food spread around the lake you can never tell.

First swim

I arrived just before 1 pm, which would give me just over two hours of fishing and the possibility to move swim if I felt the need.

I stayed in the first swim maybe a bit too long, but the carp were mooching around the pads, but after seeing probably the same carp show off the corner of the island, I simply had to move swim and give it an hour and then head home.

Second Swim

I’d planned on only using bags, but I needed to get this absolutely perfect, so a bag was out. The wind was pushing nicely up this end, next time I’d better bring a Catapult and a few lager pellets or boilies, just in case.

My time ran out and it was home time, but very nice to be back out on a lake fishing again.

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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