Trip 50 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m getting back into the swing of things again. A few motivational issues this week, and lots going on in my head as well.

As there’s a heavy band of rain pushing by today, and you are never really sure when it will arrive these days, the weatherman isn’t that accurate anymore. I was up early and down the lake by 8am. I already knew how many were here fishing last night, so it was going to be down to how many day anglers or really keen night anglers – like myself, as to where I pitch up.

Looking around

I took a drive around the lake and had a chat with the only person fishing, but I still ended up in my favorite swim (you don’t have to look at anyone). It also commands a lot of water and like last week you can easily double up. Your rods are close together, but the distance you can fish apart, along with all the features available to you. I simply can’t keep away.

All sorts

Unfortunately, can’t get a bait to all these features, but you get a general idea.

The Gap Swim

I wrapped out my rods and spombed out my bait; a mixture of Catalyst and Classic corn Boilies again, and fished matching wafter. I wasn’t going to cast out until later on, as I was going to take a walk and have a brew. However, the ever-darkening clouds had me heading off back to my swim sooner than I had hoped for.

Tucked away

I’d tucked myself away behind the bushes, there were 50 mph winds due from the south and the pressure is slowly rising from 998 to 1025 MBs, which may not help me. There’s a good chance at the moment I will head home Saturday noontime, before a large band of rain arrives, which is predicted to last until Sunday afternoon. I can’t stay that late on a Sunday if I’ve done 3 nights.

Blue Sky

The blue sky started heading my way, the sky eventually cleared, and the winds died down, I’m feeling confident of a fish tonight.


It was a completely bleep-free night for me, and unless I see any signs of carp somewhere else in my swim, the rods are staying put, for another 24 hours. I don’t feel the need to put on fresh baits every day, as quite a lot of the time, just leaving them out there will produce a take, just when you thought there was no chance.


No joy again last night, and with a deluge of rain due over the next 24 hours, I don’t feel there’s a great opportunity for bait, and I will knock it on the head by noon and get myself home.

The carp are showing where they were last week, but not coming away from the margins far enough for me to pick them up. I will have to put my thinking cap on and come up with a solution, which I may well have, I just need to see if it would work.

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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