Trip 51 Carp Fishing – 2022

I didn’t ever think I was getting out again this year. What with covid, a sick child, who gave the illness to me (which is still hanging around), and now an extremely cold snap. It was now or never as the Christmas holidays are just around the corner.

I’d planned a social with a few syndicate members, however, a couple were not as crazy as me and Steve. I just had to get out as I think I would have got cable fever sooner or later. We did spend a few hours muller it over on Monday, Steve took a trip to the lake on Tuesday – we were very worried that the lake would have a lid on it.  Which it didn’t.

We arranged to meet up at 11 am Wednesday morning. I arrived about 1040 and took a good look about and spotted not a single sign. It had been minus temperature overnight and only a couple of degrees in the day. You can’t blame the fish really.

We spent over an hour walking, talking, and weighing up the options. We were the only ones about, funny that! Finally, we settled on a bay at the back of the wind that was in direct sunshine, if it came out, which it was due to over the next couple of days. We flipped a coin, I got the right, and Steve got the left.

The bay

I leaded about around the snaggy area and the other side of a thick weed bed in open water. I found a couple of perfect spots and put 3 spombs of Flaked Maize soaked in Catalyst syrup, along with a few 12mm Catalyst boilies and 8mm Pellets over each spot. I flicked one 12mm Masala pop, one 12mm Pink Pepper Squid pop up out and then finish setting up.

Single sticks

I wanted to use singles, in order to be able to point the rod tip at the hook baits, to increase the detection of any movement quickly.

Friendly Robin

I just love these birds.

We will see what the next 24 hours bring and then take it from there.

The night was bleep free, and I awoke to a very frosty morning, with clear blue skies.

Morning Sunrise
Frozen margins

With plenty of cat ice in the margins, which was a bit of a concern as tonight’s temperature was forecast to drop more than expected. Due to the ice being over where I was casting, I couldn’t recast my rods if I fancied to. I actually wasn’t planning on doing that anyway because the carp would be very lethargic with the drop in temperature over the last couple of weeks.

Lovely sunset
You can see the patch of ice

The temperature is due to drop to -7C tonight, and I have a strong feeling my corner of the bay will be completely frozen over by tomorrow morning.

Unlike yesterday, I was up at around 6 am only to find the lake had a lid on it.


I would certainly be heading home later on today. I will hang around to melt the white stuff off the bivvy rods, etc, and no doubt have to break the ice to get the rods out.

It’s been fantastic to get back out and have a Christmas social, with a few glasses of whisky, to keep us warm.

Unfortunately, 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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