Trip 39 Carp Fishing- 2019

After a fabulous weekend away with the family and a change in the weather conditions, I did a quick turn around and was heading for the lake.


I was really in two minds as whether or not to go to the Airfield Lake.  It had been a few weeks since I was last there.  The problem is that Meadow Lake is full of anglers at the moment, so I just had to have a drive around.  There was no way I was fishing the same swim as before; unless they were going crazy over that side.  The wind had picked up nicely and there was a cool fresh breeze from the SSE and I decided if one of two swims were free, I would go and see if I could find the perfect spot.  If I hadn’t had any luck after an hour, I would head over to the Airfield lake for a look.


The first swim I arrived at was taken, so I popped down and had a quick chat with Jack.  I then headed on to the next swim which was free, as luck would have it.


I parked up, got the Deeper Chirp out and proceeded to see what was out there.



There was clearly too much of the horrible silkweed about which had caused me no end of problems last trip.  I just had to find a harder area and with a bit of perseverance, I finally did.


I quickly got the marker on the spot and sure enough, there was hardly any weed.  Also, the bottom was quite hard, this will do me.

I spombed out my usual mixture of Smokey, Catalyst, Hemp, etc. as I hadn’t found any other suitable spots and this area was quite large.  I opted to put both rods out there, one with a Catalyst wafter and the other a Cat pop up.  I wasn’t fishing to far out or even along the tree-lined margins, but I still set up very close to my rods, as you can never be too sure with this carp.


That was one of the most disappointing nights for a very long time.  I had 3 takes and connected to absolutely zero.  They were nice slow takes, the bobbin was right up and the tip was bending round, my best explanation is there is a trailing carp in that area.  My hooks were still sticky sharp and I have not changed anything about my rig, etc.  It becomes very frustrating on situations like this, the first two happened before 1030 at night and the last one at 6am.  I was laying in the bag watching as the bobbin pulled up and the tip bent round, not that much, the line was pulling off, I picked the rod up and thin air again.  I was lost for words and pretty downtrodden at this point.  The geese had been pretty active since first light, so not much sleep was had, the sunrise was lovely through the fog/mist.

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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