Trip 64 Carp Fishing – 2018

With the Airfield Lake closed, I had only one option for my carp fishing trip this weekend and that was the Meadow Lake.  As I had promised my wife, I would reduce my two-night session down to just Saturday night, my original idea was to arrive at about noon time and leave a similar time on Sunday.  However, the weather put pay to that.  A band of rain was pushing across the UK from 9 am until 4 pm.  My only solution to not get drenched was to get up early and be on the lake just before 9.  This plan was pretty successful. I, however, had a shock when I arrived, the lake was pretty full up with 10 anglers on last night and most were doing two night.  A couple of them were also moving swim.


Lucky for me, one of the swims I had in mind was free.  The wind was due a change in direction and I felt that 3/4 of the way the lake would be my best option and the possibility to intercept the carp following the wind, down the lake.  We shall have to see.

I was using my standard Ronnie Rig set up with a pink catalyst wafters.  These where fished with bags as I didn’t wish to put much bait out when I arrived.  I just Spombed out 6 loads of a Winter spomb mix, which I am playing around with.  I shall adjust as we go through the Winter months.




I like to have a mixture of fine particles and whole boilies, which will cloud up when the small fish are feeding.  When the bigger ones move in, they will have whole boilies to hold them in the area.

Once the rain had stopped this afternoon and the possibility of a daytime take passes.  I would then put out the rest of my bait for the night (and mid-morning feeding spell).  And hopefully, this will produce me a fish or two over the next 24 hours.  I also need the angling pressure to drop down as well.


Well, the angling pressure was still pretty full on, as night arrived (way too soon).  Winter nights are certainly on their way.  The cloud cleared, the wind dropped and I was feeling there could well be a take in the night.  I had a couple of liners early on and then it fell silent.  With a fresh start to the day and a good bit of sunshine, it was no sooner time to pack up and head home for some family fun.

Until next time.


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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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