Trip 42 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m out for a single night social with Ian, I have a few family things on this weekend. All I’ve done is pitch up in the nearest swim that I feel will give me a chance at a fish.

Which happens to be a swim well-known to me, as you may have noticed.

I’ve spombed out a small amount of bait and put on a couple of bottom bait, in conjunction with solid PVA bags filled with Catalyst pellets soaked in hemp oil and that’s it, folks.

It’s going to be a simple one this trip as we need to discuss our winter plans.

Senor light

Just testing out my senor light, which I’ve been using for a couple of months – I will sort out a review and link asap.

Just before 2345, the left-hand rod was screaming out, I was in a deep sleep and was shocked into life. I grabbed the rod and walked backward slowly, with a very unhappy head-shaking carp at the other end of it! At times it was running towards me, not too dissimilar to the carp I lost last week, it even headed left off down towards the same trees. They generally do that anyway in this swim. It was very soon in the margins and I was playing it out under the rod tip. It finally rolled on the surface, which is when I discovered it was a lot bigger than it was behavior was telling me!

26lb 14oz
Nice chuck

I was very pleased with this carp and also on the first night, which can be problematic on this lake. It’s as if the carp need to settle into you being on the bank sometimes.

With another bag done, the rod was back on the pod and I was soon in the sleeping bag again. The nights are cooling down a lot.

Just as I was about to get back in the sack the same rod was away again! The fight was much the same as before up until the margins and it just wouldn’t give up. It ran back out into the open water at least 3 times and me praying that it wouldn’t find something to bump the hook off on. It finally calmed down and I was able to get it.

Fighting machine
21lb 12oz

Look at the tail! It’s a fighting machine and not willing to give up easily.

With another bag done, I was stunned by my results and extremely happy. 

The right-hand rod was finally away just after 0730, the sun was on the lake and flat calm. You could see the line pulling through the water towards the carp, as it kited right as hard as it could to gain ground, it was heading towards shallow waters and those nasty boulders. It found one and was locked solid. My first approach is to put the rod back on the pod and let a load of line out and hopefully, at some point, the fish would start moving again, which is what it did after about 5 minutes. I was starting to think that I may have to wade down the margins along to the other swim and try and pull from another angle, so glad I didn’t need to do that.

The carp was not kiting to the left and towards the overhanging trees to my left, luckily, it had gone under my left rod and I could get down lower and pump the fish gently along the margins towards me. This is one of the reasons I have my rod tips high up,

Once the carp was under the rod tip, it was still not giving up the fight and made a few attempts out into open water. It eventually gave up and slipped over the cord.

15lb 12oz

It had been a bit fresh in the night, I was quite chilly a couple of times, which surprised me, but my sleeping bag is broken, I have a new one on order and I can’t wait for it to arrive now.


The sun is creeping my way and I no doubt will be saying it’s too hot later.

It’s been a fantastic night, I’ve not had a result like that for some time. I must be doing something right and there’s a chance of another one before I go home at lunchtime. The conditions are completely on my side, however, the beauty of fishing is you just never know.

I tidied up and started to pack away at 10am, I was all sorted by 11am, and there were no more fish to be had for me.  I’m hoping that Ian lands a couple over the next few nights that he’s here for.



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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