Trip 52 Carp Fishing – 2018

I have managed to get out for another midweek overnights, this time there is no rush back, as the wife has kindly offered to take the kids to their holiday club.  I have no work on, as the sun/heat has cut down on my gardening work.  I can’t complain, as it’s way too hot to be outside all day, not good for me.

I headed down the Airfield lake, doing my best not to turn into the Meadow lake car park.  It’s fishing quite well at the moment but as you know, I do love this lake and searching for its unknown inhabitants.  But no these silly 10lber’s which are getting to me a bit.

The swim choice was quite hard but in the end, I headed for an area where I had spotted a few fish on my last trip.  The hard part is getting the fish to move away from their sanctuary.  There are about 100 yards of a tree-lined bank with a few bays hidden.  If you cast too far down, the inevitable happens and they find a nice sunken branch to dump your hook in.


Finding fish in this lake is very easy, getting them to pick up a hook bait is much harder and then you need to get them into your net!  Not a simple task but a part of the fun on the lake.

With two spots picked out, I Spombed out a mixture of Spotted Fin Tiger nuts and Hemp with crushed catalyst boilies, a mix of catalyst pellets, Betafin Smokey Jack pellets soaked in Betafin liquids and mimamonos for added attraction.  In there was also a fake tiger nut, cut from an Evolution Cube.


This had been soaked in catalyst booster spray and smelt pukka, the other rod was a maggot cluster Ronnie Rig set up.


As I was trying a more natural approach to my hook bait, the lake is closed for 6 months of the year, so their staple diet is natural food items.

We shall have to see how I get on over the coming months, as you can’t base your findings on just a few trips out on the bank.

I had a fair few liners through the night, my first take came out 0530.  With a bump and a knock as the fish kited around a boulder, it was no sooner on and off.  This was a shame, but I knew I was in the right spot.


I did, however, move into a different area.  This was after seeing a few fish showing themselves, but time got the better of me and it was time to head home.

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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4 Responses to Trip 52 Carp Fishing – 2018

  1. S.turner says:

    Alright mush, I got me sum new rods and sum a they bite runner reels, I got loads a time as I’m on the sick see. Gunna join that syndicate you go on near Ringwood with my mates baz and Larry next season. We just talked to a guy in a truck with beard called john said he’d get us tickets fur next year. Weez can’t wait looks real pukka. Read all yur posts can’t wait to get up there, bring up thus nippaz too, teech all thus littluns how t fish. What rulez you got on they lakes??


  2. S.turner says:

    You can show us the good spots to fish when we join, baz used to fish on that somerley, he recognised sibleys point from they pics you put up. John give us the estate office number to call and pay, he said hardly anyone goes so he wants more members on the lakes. We will bring you round some ale and have a spliff. How many guests can you take cuz my nipper wants his mates to come up. Cheers bud


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