Trip 82 Carp Fishing- 2017

With the airfield lake closing next Saturday, I just had to be fishing on there this weekend.  The wife was out Friday night, so I was limited to just Saturday night, which will do me fine.

When I arrived, I expected to see a few cars on the car park, however there was none.  Driving around the other side, there was also no cars round there.  Lucky me, spoilt for choice.  Where to start?  With a long walk and a fair few swims later, I settled on the bay area.  It is in the middle part of the complex, as I was seeing fish everywhere as normal.  I thought my best option is the part of the lake which was more coloured up.  And with the wind in my face, there are a few areas to pick from (when the wind is blowing SE), but this felt the best option.  I did nearly set up on other swim at one point but moved the barrow back again.

With a good couple of kilos of The Smokey Jack out over the spots and my left over ground bait from last weekend’s session (which was in that lovely cold northerly’s and hail), this was just so much better conditions.  Let’s hope the Carp are also of that opinion.  I have a Smokey Jack wafter on one rod and after doing so well on the FW Masala pop ups (earlier on in the season), I just had to give on of then a go as a tub arrived in the post this week.

Just sitting and watching, a perfect way to spend the next 12 hrs.

Well, I certainly didn’t expect that to happen, not a single bleep in the night.  It’s now just after 8 am and all is silent on the lake.  There has not been a single sign of any Carp showing.  This is very unusual and I needed to start packing up soon, so it looks like a blank coming my way for probably my last trip on the Airfield lake until next season.

It was not meant to be this time.

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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1 Response to Trip 82 Carp Fishing- 2017

  1. Cole55 says:

    Remember to fish the treelined margins this time of year,that’s where Mr Carp is awaiting for windfall goodies.Tight lines.


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