Trip 38 Carp Fishing- 2018

After a very hard week at work, as a house husband/gardener, I was due a trip out. It’s a tough life but someone has to do it!

I was surprised to see so many people on the lake again.  The top carpark was full and the tower car park had a few cars in it.  I stopped for a walkabout.  I found a couple of swims I fancied and one free on the island.  I headed over that way for a look and discovered Ian, my friend, on the daisy field swim.  Now that’s what the Doctor ordered! A good social with a few glasses after a hard week.  I popped down and checked if he didn’t mind if I doubled up and he was fine with that.  There is probably some 10 acres in front of this swim.


I set up on the left of the swim and put my baits into the same bay area, as I had done before.

One rod was more in open water than the last time and on a hump, we found with the  Deeper.

The rod in the bay was also fished on a likely spot.

But more in the middle of a large gully with a small bit of weed.  Both areas had about 10 spombs of a ground bait mixture made up of different size pellets & types from Spotted Fin, plus a bag of their particle mix.

And I was making up bags with a handful of Catalyst boilies in each one,

with a 15mm Catalyst wafter tied up with their Chod filament Ronnie Rig style.  I find this works very well for me on this lake.

I was finally all set up after some 2 hrs after I had arrived.  A nice glass of wine and a long chat was very much needed.  It was nearly midnight catching up with life.  This is the fun of socials.

Around 3 am, my left-hand rod was away and after the normal battle you get on here (I thought to myself), it felt a bit bigger the fish I have been catching at the moment on here and sure it was.

At 5oz over 20lbs, I was very happy.

With a new bag makeup, I was time to get my head down, I dropped off listening to the dawn chorus, on a very misty morning.

The day passed with no action and the temperature rose nicely.  This was until mid-afternoon when the rain arrived and a nice cool breeze picked up.  Just what the dr ordered.

As the sunset over the lake, there were a few fish about and we were feeling very confident.  The first and last take came around 4am to Ian’s right-hand was off.  It was a very unhappy Airfield Lake common, just under 10lbs.  This was nice for him and as the fish had started to spawn again (sometime during the night).  This was a complete surprise to everyone fishing.  They first started in early May (as normal) and had done it a couple of time since.  There had been no signs for the past couple of weeks.

If you had arrived down the lake at 6am you would have never know that anything had happened.  I packed up slowly and was all done and home by 10am.

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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