Carp Fishing


April update by Richard Handle

The first part of April was very hard going, it just rain & rain.  This started to get to me a bit, as by now things should have started getting better, it just was not happening. 

I had a trip to see Rob at the mill pond which produced a couple of nice carp.

This was very nice, despite the cold weather that week.  We were no sooner into a heat wave for a few days and my favourite Syndicate water was open.  All I could manage every time was just low double figures commons.

And then the last weekend of April turned very cold and wet again for some parts of the UK.

I was lucky enough to avoid the rain but not that cold northerly wind.  It felt like we were plunged back into winter.

Let's hope it's all in the past as May begins.
Until next time
Richard

March update by Richard Handle

So, March has certainly been the month of the weather.  You know the saying in like a lion out like a lamb - more like in like a polar bear out like a duck!  The start of the month was snow - to the delight of my kids and they e
ven got a snow day.

It was fun playing in the snow.

On the fishing front, it was like any other hard going month.  I even tried for a snow carp!  With no success.

However, on a nice warm sunny day (when there was one), I did manage a couple of nice fish, including my first 30+ of 2018.

And a lovely mirror.  With a few days over the bank holiday weekend, I was hoping to bag a few more.

The end of the month it mostly rained, this makes it a bit hard going.  We are in April now and things can only get better. 

Until next time

Richard

February Update by Richard Handel

As I write this, there is snow on the ground and a massive wind chill.  It's the first day of spring in the meteorology calendar (apparently).As I write this, there is snow on the ground and a massive wind chill.  It's the first day of spring in the meteorology calendar (apparently).

At the beginning of the month, it's was a completely different story and I was lucky enough to bag a couple of carp.










I had been playing with the Frank Warwick miracle berry Wafters.  I felt that something bright would attract the carp as they are very curious creatures.

And it worked.  As time was running out on the river, I headed back over there at the end of the month after the pike.

A rickety old bridge on the way round to a perfect pike spot.

Which did look like the perfect pike spot, but this was not the case.  The month was finishing off on the hard side.

But with spring just around the corner, well I hope so.

Until next time Richard

January update by Richard Handel

Life of a carp fisherman is never as perfect as one would hope!  And this has certainly been that way.  I have only managed 3 trips out due ill health; firstly, my youngest was on antibiotics for a week which involved no school and a daily trip to the hospital to give more.  Which is where I think I picked up another flu type bug, this did me in for a week.  I do try and put a bright twist on life, I did manage to write up 3 features for Spotted Fin!  These will end up in Carp Talk over the next few months, so not that bad.  My dad was down for the last week in January.  He has decided to move closer to us.  This is a weight off my mind, as it's an 8 hour round trip to check how he is doing.  Mind you this is a good excuse to have a weekend away on Wales but it’s getting costly!

My first and second trips out resulted in blanks and it wasn't long before I added another one to the list.

It clearly was not my month.  I even tried a local day ticket water for a few hours.  The only things active where the bream and the robins (who I do love).

It was a pleasant few hours until the cold north wind picked up.

This is a very nice lake.  I will defiantly come back to as spring starts to kick in.  Not long now folks!

Until next time

Richard

December update by Richard Handel

This month has been a very hard month all round with only 1 small Carp. 

I had a quick over-nighter which didn't quite pan out how I thought it would.  I got a phone call in the middle of the night, I had to pack up and rush off to Wales, as my mum had been rushed into hospital and was in intensive care.  Unfortunately, she passed away 10 days later.

Fishing goes on, it's a great release for me and I managed a small pike.

Below is a nice scenic shot of my friend on the river.

The carp where not playing ball leading up to Christmas (despite the mild spell), the lake would not switch on like it normally does.

Until next month, I wish you all a happy New year.

Richard

November update by Richard Handel

What can I say?  My pike trip has accounted for three pike so far but only one worth taking a photo of - well sort of.

The carp front however, has been rubbish.  Mostly down to man flu over the past 2 weeks and missing the best week by far for the weather in November. 

The temperatures overnight were high and there was a good S/W wind blowing.  My gear has been ready for the past two weeks and I have not been out once (much to the wife's dismay!).  Roll on December as I am feeling a lot better and need to get out there.

Until next month 

Richard