Trip 28 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – Airfield Lake

Hours Fished – 18 hours

Well, where do I start?  Sad times indeed but hopefully we are now heading in the right direction.  I’m sure COVID 19 has changed the world, maybe for the better, but I don’t think I will find this out in my lifetime.  Well, my garden and garage are all pretty tidy and homeschooling is fun, I take my hat off to all teachers.

With Lockdown eased and angling on the ok to-do list, I was soon on the bank.  I was not going to join the mad rush; my syndicate isn’t like that.  Social distancing is not an issue as most swim are 30 meters+ apart.  In fact, there is only 32 ish swims on 64 acres of lake, with plenty of hideaway car parks.  I really had no idea where to go, when this is the case, I returned to the swim I had been fishing before lockdown.  I felt it was the best option and a good place to start from, I knew the spots – in fact, my spomb rod was still clipped up, from my last trip.

I also had new rigs on and were set up with 2 Classic Corn pop-ups, my rods were soon back on the mark.  Brolly was up and normal service could resume.  I find with fishing, I’m locked away from the rest of the world in my own little bubble and I’m so fixated with catching, everything else fades away (until I’m back in the car).  I think the next few trips will do me just perfectly and restore some order to my mind.  It was nice seeing the sunset over the lake this evening, it certainly feels like a long time, since I have seen this. We are due a cold night and the pressure is 1018mb,  so you never know, there may be a chance of a frost as well.  As we are in May and the carp feed to fill up before spawning time.  I had a couple of bleeps in the night but it was over too soon and a frosty pack up was underway.

Until next time

Stay safe


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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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