Trip 32 Carp Fishing – 2022

At the beginning of this week, I was wondering if I would actually get out fishing with the temperatures forecast to 26 degrees. But as luck would have it, my wife ended up working from home Wednesday/ Thursday. The weather change was now due Thursday, it was a perfect opportunity to get down the lake again.

I arrived at about 1230 to find that it was completely empty and I could pick any swim I liked. I checked the weather again, thunderstorms were due Thursday afternoon till Friday am. The wind was due to swing back from the North West to South Westlys again and the pressure was due to be dropping over the next few days.

My Pitch

This could only mean one thing, get back into the North West corner of the lake, and wait for the wind to change. This was going to be some time tomorrow morning before the pending storm, let’s hope it all comes together, there’s a nice breeze on the water and a few fish moving around this end already.

High Tips

My baits are on the normal spots I fish in here and with a load of 15mm Classic Corn Boilies put out, we will see how the next few nights pan out.

The carp were clearly in the small bay to my right. Having fished it last year and knowing these carp and how they fight, I’m not sure if I would land anything I hooked, some thought will need to be put into that.

The night was deadly quiet, with only a couple of bleeps early on that give me a lot of confidence going into the night. The forecast is still looking pukka for later on, which is when I believe I will stand a better chance of catching.

Roll on the Thunderstorms this afternoon.

I left the rod’s out hoping for my normal noon/1 o’clock take, and sure enough, it ripped off. The fish was heading out into more open water and to the right towards a known boulder. Despite keeping my rod tip as high as possible, alas the carp bumped the hook off. I couldn’t believe it, I’d waited all morning for it and it has done me on a boulder. Gutted

Time for lunch

I think it’s time for lunch, the rain had missed me so far, I’m not sure if it will make it here.

The afternoon passed and with only a bit of light drizzle, that was it for the rain and a bit disappointing, but the carp are still showing. The temperature is so much cooler than yesterday, but the pressure was clearly still dropping and I felt there’s still a good chance of a carp or two over the next 24 hours, the wind had turned and was finally picking up.

Weather looking better

Hopefully, this evening and tonight will hopefully help and produce.

I’m a bit perplexed this morning and really need to put some thought into what’s going on, with these carp at night. I’ve not had a bleep all night again and this is despite the carp being all around me. Other than the one run from yesterday, I’ve had no other action. I’m concerned that they are not loving the deeper water that I’m fishing in and had produced may a take over the years.

Egg box

It’s like an egg box out there – full of boulders, I’m getting more frustrated and may just have to try.

I was thinking of moving, but my daughter has gone to school feeling ill, I’m likely to get a call from the school to come and collect her. I’ve even packed up a few bits and pieces and put the Weber and Fox cool box back in the car – just in case. If she makes it through the day, I may move this afternoon and do the last night over there, tricky swim to set up in as it’s quite high up and the ground is rock hard in the Daisy Swim.

I got my breakfast on go and just before it was ready, the right-hand rod was away, which had been out there for coming up to 48 hours. It absolutely ripped off and nearly picked up the other line, as it’s kited left more and more. I was mindful of that boulder, which caused the hook pull yesterday lunchtime. I walked backward slowly pulling the carp away from that area, once it’d completely avoided it, I waded out into the water, and pulled the Nsr50 out with me, and around the bushes. The carp by now was trying for the bay to my right, it didn’t really stand a chance. I needed to be mindful of the small channel between the tiny island, it has a lot of underwater obstructions caused by the overhanging trees. It was now under my control, rather than the other way around and soon slipped into the Nsr50, wasn’t a monster but well-built fish.

Safe in the Nsr50

With a new lease of life and a blank saver landed, I put on a fresh bait on, recast to my spot, and got my breakfast back on the go.

I was feeling a lot happier and the odd carp had started to show around my baited spot, which was hopefully due to the wind picking up and really pushing down this end of the lake again. I was even hopeful of my midday run.

Just after 1215, the left rod was away again, amazing how it had sat silent for so long.

This carp did the same as the other one with the exception of plowing straight across the front of the swim in the last minutes of the fight, going for the bush and the snags just behind it. I sunk my tip straight away, unfortunately, this involved catching the line of the left-hand rod and now would involve that being recast. I had no other option, as there was no time to pass the rod over the top, as I needed to get the carp under control before doing that.

18lb 10oz

That’s better, I recast both rods back out, you never know I just may get another just this afternoon, as the conditions are still pukka.

Just before 4 pm, I used my throwing stick to put a load of 20mm Classic Corn Boilies out, as I didn’t want to spomb. I think these carp don’t like the noise, we are due some rain showers and a bit more bait out will certainly help me.


Here comes the rain and with any luck, may well bring a couple of bites tonight. I intend to be off the water by 10am tomorrow morning, which will be before any daytime bites normally happen, fingers crossed for tonight. 

The rain moved in and the wind picked up, the conditions were awesome, just after 8pm the right rod was away again, this one headed hard right. I had to wade out as far as I could, to make sure I could get the carp away from the tree-lined snags off to my right and with the tip down as far as I could. I pumped the fish along until it was in front and I could play the carp out under the rod tip until it was ready for the net.

16lb 13oz

The fish was safely back on the water, I was soaking wet by now as it was pouring down the whole time, glad I had my waders on and only had a wet top. I quickly got the rig back out and I got back in the bivvy, I stuck the stove on to warm myself up and dry out.

Just after 10.30, that very same rod was away again, not such an issue this time, was pretty much straight in the net.


I’m not going to complain, because at 8 am this morning I was still blanking and had lost one. The weather change has certainly worked out well for me in the end. Even if this turns out to be the last carp of the trip. I’m feeling very confident that I should get a least one more bite, even the rain has stopped and the stars are now out, still got a good blow on the water, which is keeping me feeling that I’ve definitely got another chance coming my way.

It’s clear and the sky is starry now, until the sunshine tomorrow morning.

I was up about 0445 for a call of nature and thought I’d better get back in the sack to grab a couple more hours. It’s going to be a busy day for me and quite a late night. Just before 6 am, the right-hand rod was away again, which was nice and a surprise, the lake earlier was flat calm, the sun was coming up over the forest and I felt my time had passed. Just goes to show you how wrong you can be on this water, these carp can surprise you at any time of the day.

They were no real issues playing the carp into the Nsr50, it pretty much came straight in, apart from a near issue with the other rod when I took the rod over the line and then discovered that I needn’t of bothered. That was sorted, the carp just played around under the rod tip for a long time, making me realize that it wasn’t no 10lber this time.

Huge Tail
17lb 6oz

My biggest fish of the trip, with a few hours to go to bag a twenty, here’s hoping!

What I realized was all these fish had come to the Pink Pepper Squid, with the exception of the first take (which I lost). I took the chance to bring the other rod in and change the bait over to one of those, hoping to bring another take my way in the next few hours. I would start to pack up around 8 am, which would get me home before 10am, to give me more time to sort things out and spend time with the family over the weekend. It’s going to be a sunny one and hopefully, it may dry out my bivvy before hone time.

Sunny Day

If I’m unlucky, I could get caught in the odd widespread showers today, but it looks good so far.

Rod on the deck

Bivvy is down, the rods are on the floor and that was it, not a bad trip in the end, in fact, I’m well-pleased and can’t wait to get back down next week.

Until then, be lucky






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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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