Trip 25 Carp Fishing – 2018

I had pack up from the Millpond and left at 0830 and head down south to meet Ian on the Airfield Lake for a 3 day social.  The weather conditions were looking favorable and we were both confident of a carp or 2.

I arrived around 2pm and Ian had just finished setting up in an area we thought would give us a change of a fish or two each.

We got the Deeper out, as Ian had not seen it on the bank working before.  I flicked it out to the area we thought would be good (we had previously fished this area before) and sure enough, there were a few carp in the gully.

It dropped down to 7ft of weed & silt and the Deeper picked up fish each time.  We decided to put a marker out in the middle and spomb a load of my ground bait mix and some chopped Smokey Jack boilies.  I added some Spotted Fin hemp & tigers (Particle) out over the spot.  The plan was to fish a rod each on here and move the other rod’s about a bit.  For the first night, we put all four rods staggered of different distances out along the line we had just baited.

I opted for a 12mm Smokey Jack pop up on one rod and a FW Pops ups on the other.  This had caught me a few fish at the beginning of last season here.

The night passed with no action, which we thought may happen.  The fish are not great fans of too much spombing, but the fish should move back over today and tonight.

The second day past with a very fresh NE wind, this didn’t help to boost our confidence.  I checked the weather for later on in the afternoon and was happy to see that by the early hours the wind would have changed to a southerly.  This was great news but still no sunshine.

In the morning, the lake was flat calm and I had managed to catch a very low double, my first fish from the lake this year.  Strange fact here – it was about the same size as I started with last year.  As the weekend approached the lake was filling up and it looked like it was one of those weekends where everyone turned up.

After the fog cleared on the last morning the lake looked perfect.  Unfortunately, we had only the one fish between us.  I have a feeling that the coming week will certainly start to wake them up somewhat.


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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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