Trip 51 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – Airfield Lake

Hours Fished – 71 Hours

This week’s trip could go one of two ways with the weather, as its going to change dramatically.  The pressure has fallen way down to below 997mb and the lovely warm south westerly is going to turn into a cold north easterly.  The wind is going to pick up and the sun will be shining.

I’ve pitched up with the SW wind in my face, this will mean the cold northerlies will be from behind me and I will be on the sunny/warmer bank.  However, with the openness of this part of the lake, it could all go wrong, but I feel the southerly winds will have pushed them over here.  It has often done this in the past with some cracking results.

The left hand rod burst into life just after 1830 with a lovely but small Airfield Lake common carp.

You definitely can’t dictate what picks up your bait, but it would be nice at some point in time to get a real lump!

I rebaited the rod and got it back on the spot.  This was a good time to have some noodles.

The second take of the session, was in the middle of the night, to the same rod and the fight was pretty straight forward again.  The ease of landing these fish, I’m putting down to, I’m now wearing chest waders, instead of thigh wader and the ability to get out into the lake further.

15lb 9oz Common

Now that’s a lot bigger and hopefully will stay that way.  Possibly double in size!

I was up early watching the lake and spotted a couple of fish.  It wasn’t until 10 am that the left rod was away again.  I was into a nice steady take with definitely a better fish.  It slowly plodded off to my right, I waded out past the tree and slowly pumped the fish towards the nets.

Nice action shot just moments before the hook pulled out!  Joy.  I am not a happy camper.  But, this is what the lake is all about and we will carry on trying.  It would be nice to get another daylight take and with Ian around for a brew, it was perfect timing for some action shots.  The rod was soon back out there.

I topped up the swim after lunchtime, I popped over to Ian’s swim for a bite to eat and a few glasses.  I headed back at just after 1600 and got the rods back out.  I settled down to watch the lake until it was dark.

It was one of those quiet nights, with not a single bleep and not a fish crashed.  I was awake a fair bit after falling asleep way too early; the stars are absolutely wonderful this time of the year.  The sky was perfectly clear and the lake was flat calm.  The NW wind picked up just after 0830, which is good conditions for this bank – just need the carp to think that.

The question today is freebies – put more out or just leave alone?  Tricky choices and one of the hardest decisions an anglers has to make.  I love my bait and on here you need to stop and hold the shoal when it arrives.  There has been no action since my last take and having topped the swim up again yesterday afternoon.  I believe its best to leave well alone.

It was yet another blank night which I was shocked about, the fish should have accustomed themselves to the big weather condition change and they were clearly more active last night, but not happy to pick up baits.

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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