Trip 17 Carp Fishing- 2019

With a few hours to spare today and I’m still not feeling 100%.  I’m out day fishing again.  I’m aiming for my first night trip in over 3 week’s this coming weekend!  The Airfield Lake will be open and I just have to be there.


Today, I’m on my Estate Lake after a walk around with the eldest daughter yesterday afternoon.  I felt pretty inspired.  The swim selection was pretty straight forward as I plan to fish a couple of different areas each time I come, this is to get a better understanding of the lake over time.


I’m just flicking a couple of baits across to the far margins. after first walking around to put some pellets and broken boilies out.  I’m using a mixture of catalyst & Smokey Jack boilies and the same for the pellet.  The rods have a Miracle Berry Wafters with a washed out and the other a Evo maggot cluster .  These have been soaking in the catalyst boost spray for quite some time.

With conditions pretty perfect and some sunshine to warm up the lake, I am very confident.

With less than an hour to go, it wasn’t looking hopeful, I had managed to spot the same 4 carp as I had the other week.  These I understand are the latest stocking which happened about a month back and they certainly prefer the warmer end of the lake.  I may just head back that end again next time (or stick to the plan of investigating other options), or see if there are other carp up that end.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.



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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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