Trip 46 Carp Fishing- 2018

I am out again for another quick overnighter.  I was really not sure where to go after the other night.  The weed was pretty bad in the swim I had been in.  However, I had seen fish in the swim I was fishing last week but was it to soon to go back there.  As far as I was aware, there had been no one in the swim for nearly a week (no-one fished at the weekend or Monday night).  Today is Wednesday and I had seen fish there in the morning when I packed up, I just had to have a look.  The wind was pushing down the lake towards that swim, think I have no option but to give it a go.


Sitting comfortably and enjoying the view another night under the stars is on its way.

Bait wise, I was still sticking with the 15mm Catalyst wafters over a bed of hemp and tigers.  A few Catalyst Boilies and pellet to boost the spots and we shall see in the morning if I was right or wrong, either way, it’s nice to be out.  Even if I get a good night sleep, it will be a bonus at the moment it’s still pretty hot.

I do feel it’s time to get back on the Airfield lake but with the school holidays under a week away, I will have limited time to fish then.  I may just leave it until the last month and hit it hard.  I will be able to give it my full attention a few nights a week, unlike over the holidays when it may be as few as 2 nights every two weeks.  Well, I will see how it pans out.

My first take happened just after 2230 with another 19. 6 common.


Which was a nice start, as I wasn’t 100% sure about the swim and I had not blanked.  This gave me confidence early on in the night, we shall see.

The next take around about 2315 and this time it was a nice 20lb mirror bang on 20lb.  I checked twice as I like to be as accurate as possible.


With the rod out on the spot again – this was the second fish to my left-hand rod.

It was just before midnight, when the left-hand rod blasted into action and after a close call with the overhanging tree to my right (I did get hooked up on for a little bit over a twig), which I’m sure didn’t help when the carp managed to get hooked up around my captive back lead.  I found out when I had got the fish in the net.  The alarm had sounded a couple of time but I thought I had got away with it.  I flicked my head torch on to see what had to happened and a common of about 18ish slipped the hook and rolled out the net in slow motion.  If I had slacked the other line off, which unbeknown to me at the time was hooked up on the fish, it would have sunk down into the net nicely.  Unfortunately, as the pressure was on the hook from the other rod it rolled out, oh boy, time to redo both rods and get my head down again.

After about 10 minutes, the left had rod pull tight and held there, I quickly pulled into the rod and found thin air, oh well.


That was another good night out on the lake with a couple of nice fish.

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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