Trip 49 Carp Fishing – 2019

I have been lucky this weekend and have been given the opportunity by the family to get out on the bank again. So, I’m thanking them for that.


Ian and I fancied a change of scenery this weekend and headed over to the Airfield Lake. We had not been here for some time and this swim has a great view of 3/4 of the big lake.  This would give us a chance to see where the carp are; generally everywhere this time of year.  It’s tracking down the bigger fish which is a real issue and they generally don’t show themselves until after dark.


As I know this swim very well, it wasn’t an issue I arrived after Ian – by some 10 hrs.  I was only planning on putting out a small bag on each rod with a 15 mm Catalyst wafter on and then putting 3 small spombs over each area to start with.  I would then move on from there over the course of the next few nights.


After a few hours of playing around with the Deeper, I finally settled for a nice spot in 6ft of water and the other rod was just off the tree-lined margins of the island to my left.  I often see carp along there.  It was only 3.5ft deep, so I wasn’t going to put too much bait out, just in case the swan came along.  I was sticking to the Catalyst wafter.

Finally, the afternoon heat cooled down.  It wasn’t even forecasted or very pleasant, we were both glad when the evening arrived.


Morning arrived with a screaming run for Ian and it was soon safely in the net.  We quickly realized being about 8 lb, it was not the biggest ever caught, but it was a carp.  This should always boost your confidence as it shows there are fish in the area and they’ve started feeding.


Still, no fish for me but the day is looking a lot better, there is a gentle fresh breeze and plenty of cloud cover.  Hopefully, I will be in with a chance of a carp in daylight hours.

The carp are certainly very active and crashing about everywhere.  As the weather is holding, with no sunshine and still a good breeze across the lake towards, all I’ve altered is moving the left-hand rod to the point of the island.  This is where there were a few fish topping first thing this morning.  I’ve put a small bit of plastic corn on each wafter to make them a bit more visible, in the hope an inquisitive carp takes a look.

Well, the third night passed us by again without a bleep.  This lake is turning into a real headbanger – this was once one of the most productive areas.  I can’t really see why the fish would keep away.  There is probably 4 acres of water out there, with a mass of features.  This may be the issue.  But this trip, I made a point of fishing similar features but in different areas where we still seeing fish crashing about in front of us.


I’m not sure when I will be back as I have family plans for the next month.  This will only give a couple of quick overnighters and I was thinking its time to try the Estate Lake again, we shall see where we end up.

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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