Trip 49 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – Airfield Lake

Hours Fished –  43 hours

What can I say?  The kids go back to school and within days, I get my normal virus, I generally get twice a year and it was looking like no fishing for me.  However, I rested and took care of myself and by Friday am, I was feeling that the worst was over.  My energy levels were up and I could manage to do things around the house without needing to sit on the sofa for half a hour to recover!

I was off down the lake Friday morning with a clear plan in mind.  Which was, easy fishing, so I could but a 100% effort in with out making myself worse.  I needed to be able to effectively fish, without to much effort.  This reduced the number of swims available to me and I ended up waiting for one to become available.  I was completely OK with this as I was sure in the long run, I would better off down the lake rather than at home.  Simply because I would start tinkering about doing stuff, which would not be resting myself, down the lake, once my pitch is up and all sorted, it’s a waiting game.

Ian had given me the information on the location of the other anglers fishing.  Being near my car was a must and I was only using my brolly, as I needed less kit, just in case I needed to head home.  I picked a swim just down from the old control tower.

The car park and loo was just behind the building, it was perfect.  It was a swim I’d fished in the past and Ian fishes it quite regularly.  There was a gentle westerly blowing, so after some advice and studying the Deeper lakebook page, I was pretty confident in catching a few carp.

This was an ideal opportunity I was planning on trying out (in preparation for October).  I finally got everything sorted just after 4 pm.  I’d spent a few hours with my rods in another swim, on the middle lake with no luck; just flicking out single hook baits, but now I had camp all set up.

The night passed by with not action and that was indeed what I thought would happen.  I’d changed over to much bigger bait, as I didn’t fancy any action from the smaller Airfield Lake’s residents.  I had also opted to change over to a darker bait amongst the maize that I was putting out, this was in the hope of targeting the larger carp.  Also, my spot where the hook baits were being cast to was off the main baited area.  They where working well in producing takes but the size of the carp where not the lumps we where hoping for.

I had rescued the throwing stick from storage and was also topping up the swim with a small number of 20 mm baits to get the carp hunting area for the larger offerings and hopefully my hook baits!

The first take was on my right had rod, the bobbin smashed up to the top and then instantly fell to the floor.  I ran out and grabbed the rod, I ran back hoping to pick up the slack line, this never happened – the line must have found a boulder and I just got cut off on the take.  Thankfully, I’d grabbed some 20 lb Asso line on the way out the door yesterday.

It was certainly time to change over, lost carp on these boulders was getting ridiculous.  To be honest I don’t like littering the lakes and putting the carp/wildlife in harms way.  I need to address this situation sooner rather than later.

I baited up at just after lunch and then pop over Ian’s swim with a bottle of red.  We got lost in fishing talk and before I knew it, it was 5 pm!  Time to get the rods back out and hopefully a carp (or two) this evening/overnight.

My second take happened at just before 4 am, it was nice and steady, slower one than normal.  It wasn’t one of those lower doubles that cause all the issues!  It felt like I guided the fish all the way into the net.  At one point the line got tangled up with the vegetation as I was negotiating my way through it to the waters edge and into the landing net.  I quickly sorted this out, the carp had just stopped and sunk to the bottom of the lake to rest, it hadn’t bolted off!  I’ve never experienced this before, it was as if the fish was unaware of being captured!  I quickly did the photos and a quick video, as I was a bit concerned, it was pretty active on the bank and was soon safely back in it home.

20lb 10oz Common

Very happy with that and quickly got the rod back out on the spot.

That was the only action of the night and I couldn’t be to disappointed because at the beginning of the week I didn’t think I would  be out at all.

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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