Trip 31 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m so lucky to have such an understanding wife and family. The change in weather conditions happened earlier than expected, I was very keen to get down the lake. We’d already agreed I could do Sunday night, but I was keen to do Saturday night as well, the conditions had changed dramatically since yesterday, 29 degrees no wind to 24 degrees and strong North East wind, rain and going down to 18 degrees tomorrow, with a pressure 1014mbs, I must be in with a chance of a few bites.

My spot

My swim choice was going to be based on being able to fish into the wind, which did limit my choice, however, with Meadow Lake and the river opening on the 16th of June (two days ago), I was very confident that the lake would be quiet. Sure enough, it was, two cars in the main car park and I was positive the two of them would be doubled up in the gravel swim. Sure enough, they were. I carried on walking to the end of the Tower point, which was free, and more or less instantly spotted a carp and then another one. “perfect, that will do me” I thought.

Camp up

I wasn’t planning on fishing too close to the tree line, I’m getting slower at getting to the rod and these carp are pretty quick here getting to the snags (being such a shallow lake).

My rods have been positioned off the front of the island and some way off the left-hand margins, both in lovely silty spots and a few spombs around each area.

My first take happened just after 5 pm. I was surprised how fast this carp kited to the left along the tree line and nearly into the small bay behind the island.

The tiny bay behind the trees

It also did its best to get up the channel into the middle lake.

The channel

I finally got the fish in the net after a couple of attempts and you wouldn’t believe such a small carp could give you the runaround.

12lb 15oz

It’s a start and better than a blank. You can’t choose what you catch and it’s something we have to live with on here until they grow bigger one day.

The night was wet and windy, the thunderstorms kept away and were all out to sea, some 10 miles away as the crow flies. My bivvy was rattling around a lot, and not a great deal of sleep was had. My left-hand rod gave a couple of bleeps at one point. The right-hand rod ripped off at 5 am and quickly got into the snags of the island, which was a surprise as I’m quite a way off them. After a bit of persuasion and leaving the rod on the pod for a bit, the fish actually came out and promptly after that, I had a hook pull.

The Gap

I recast that rod ever further off the island and hopefully no more snag issues, but will it produce me another bite – let’s hope so. I rebaited the other rod about 9 am and we shall see how the morning progresses, I may well have to find another spot for the right-hand rod later on before nightfall.

I made the decision to move the right-hand rod closer to where my other left hand was placed and top up the swim with the last of my bait.

My friend

Does anyone feed the wildlife to keep them out of your bivvy or is it just me?.

There was another thunderstorm tonight that got a bit closer, we only got heavy rain and wind again, just doesn’t seem to be stirring the carp up. I may just have to try the back of the wind next time, as that sometimes is the key.


I even got a sunset tonight. Unfortunately, it was a completely bleep-free night, I had to be home by 0930, I was up early and all packed up and on the road by 9am

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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