Trip No 33 Carp Fishing – 2017


I am out for a few nights over the Easter weekend – as the wife and kids have gone to visit her family in Dorest.

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My original plan was to fish with Rob on the Mill Pond.  We thought that if we left it until the Saturday am before I arrived, we would get a feel for the number of anglers on over the weekend.  If we were lucky, they may only be fishing two nights (being Thursday/Friday) and then head home.  Unfortunately, this back fired on us and 4 anglers arrived late Friday afternoon and were on until Sunday.  Plan B, off to the Airfield Lake I go (also with the same notion that most of the anglers would be off home by noon, after already having done 2 nights), well my luck was in and with only 5 angler’s fishing – including me, on a 60 arce lake.

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After an hour or so of looking, chatting, working out where people had fished and what my best options where, I settled for one of the island swims.

I spombed out a mix of Catalyst & Betafin Pellets soaked in minominos & Betafin liquid, the Catalyst boilies which had also been soaked in the Food Dip.

Both rod’s had pop ups on to start with and if I had no joy, I would change over to a Snowman rig.

First day & night

There turned out to be more sunshine than I thought there was going to be today.  This took the chill out of the cold North wind and gave me a positive feel about the afternoon and evening.  This was not to be and the first 24 hours past without a fish, which is not an unusual occurance for this lake.  It being so shallow, an average of 3.5ft in the area I am fishing, I had also had a lot of bird activity of in my spots.

From Swans to Tufts and even Gulls diving down, the clarity of the lake is way better than previous year’s.

Second day & night

With a friend joining me today, a move may be in order, we shall see what fishy signs there are this morning.  The cold winds are still about, I may well be fishing the warmest area of the lake, which is one of the reasons I picked it.

Looking very appealing for a bit, I must say.

With the fish showing a couple of swims down to the right of me and being unable to cast there.  A swim move was clearly in order, all done and dusted by the middle of the afternoon, I soon found a couple of nice spots that the fish had shown themselves.

With the light fading slowly, I poured myself a glass of wine and remember that I had not eaten much at all today, better fix that then, Ridgemonkey time.

Third day & night

All that happened so far after the swim change, is that I have had a couple of bleeps on the margin rod and a good night sleep – not quite what I was after.  I was feeling a bit shocked this morning, I thought the move was the right thing to do yesterday.  I will have to mull things over and see what the morning brings, before I make any rash plans today.

There’s a bit of wind on the water and the wind is from the North, which is behind me, and the forcast is that there is going to be a frost tonight.

After a lot looking and thinking about my next move, staying or moving on to another swim or even going home.  As the family where away, I didn’t feel like a good option as I am just as comfortable on the lake as I am on the sofa at home.  So I felt it was time for a good look around the complex before I made my mind up.

After about an hour and a half of looking around, I knew I was better off staying put and seeing what the final night brought.  There was no other area which stood out.  Therefore, I got back to my swim and rebaited with fresh catalyst hook baits as well as tiny bags soaked in the food dip.  I placed these back on my stops and settled down to a rainy night under the brolly.

At around 2330 the left hand rod burst into life and I was finally attached to a nice common – well 10lb of fish roughly.  But it was a fish and a blank saver.  I was not going to complain.  We all must learn somthing from fishing, never give up, you will get there in the end.

Until next time.

Richard

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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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