Trip 43 – Carp Fishing – 2017

This trip was going to be a social at the airfield lake with Rob.  However, after getting a message on Wednesday from another syndicate member, saying the fish are spawning and neither myself or Rob wanted to fish for spawning Carp (this isn’t very good the fish’s welfare).  So plan B was put in place and I find myself fishing the idyllic Holbrook Millpond again – this is never a bad thing.

As I arrived at dusk, after a merry trip round the M25, by the time my kit was sorted out, it was pitch black.  Rob offered to put my baits out with the boat, this made sense, as you really need to be fishing as close as possible to the far bank.  There was no way I could do that in the dark. All rod’s were fished with nature pop ups, a load of chopped boilies and pellets over the top.

Night 1

Sometime around 04.30, the right hand rod was off and not very long after that, my first mill pond fish was  out, not the biggest but a start.  That rod was put out again and Rob came down the bank and to ask if I could take a photo for him of a 20+ Common, with this done, we had a brew, a quick chat and we were back off to our swims.

Around noon, we both reeled in, had a good look round the lake and had a brew in the club house.  I decided on the positions of my rod’s for the coming two night’s.

I would be fishing a small set of pads, the far margins and a set to the right of me.  These areas where baited with a mix of chopped & whole boilies, catalyst & Betafin Pellet  soaked in minaminos / Betafin.


The weather had warmed up a bit but there was plenty of cloud about, we were very confident.

As the second day came to a close, it was looking like the fish had changed their feeding pattern to the nights.  We had not had a touch between us all day until at 22.30 and Rob banked the resident grass carp.

The night passed with both of us loosing fish and much more favourable weather conditions for a fish in the daylight hours.

Unfortunately and for no reason, that we can come up with, both myself and Rob where unable to bag any more fish, they just switched off .

Until next time


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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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