Trip 25 Carp Fishing – 2019

Now that the clocks have changed, it’s full steam ahead on the Airfield Lake.  They spawn in early May, would you believe?  But yes they do.  It’s because it’s so shallow in the main lake and it warms up very fast.  It’s hard going at the best of times but after they have spawned they spread out more.


With a definite plan already formulated, there is a definite pattern to this lake – well to a point anyway.

I pulled into the car park just after 1830 and was very happy to see that there was only one car in the car park.  I knew where he would be, so I loaded the barrow and headed off for a long hard walk, this certainly takes it out of you but effort = reward.

Having fished this swim a number of times over the years, it was a very straight forward set up.  I was fishing 1 rod on the back of the bar and the other over the top.  I had spombed out about 8 loads of a mixture of Smokey & Catalyst 12mm boilies.  I was fishing a size 8 turning point hook ronnie rig style using stiff finskin and a 3oz zipp lead from monster leads.  With a pink pepper squid & a natural Catalyst wafter on the other.


Let’s hope tonight bring me some better luck.


Other than the odd liner in the night, that was it.  I had a few hours in the rain before I needed to pack up and am hoping it will have eased off some what by then.

I’m more and more convinced that the carp are happy feeding on the hatches.  Until that dies down a bit and they discover boilies again, it will always be hard going at the start on here.


It’s certainly looking like another Spring blank is coming my way.  It’s sort of to be expected but it still surprises you every time, especially when you feel it’s the right conditions.

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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