Trip 20 Carp Fishing – 2021

All being well, this is my last day trip on here until next winter.  With that in mind, I’m doing a bit of an experiment in the way I fish this swim from this bank.  You can see from my results recently, that this swim has certainly produced some lovely carp.  All have come from the same spot in this swim, albeit casting over from the other bank.  As this is a club water, you can never rule out someone setting up opposite me when I’m casting across.  Therefore, I need to understand why I’m not catching when I set up in this swim and that is why I’m here today as an experiment with my set up and positioning of my rods and bait.

I plan to try this until the afternoon and with any luck, catch a carp (or not) and then move on if possible.  But after yesterday’s influx of anglers, I’m not holding my breath, currently there are only 2 of us on here.

With a couple of liners and the only swim I fancy, had just been taken, it looks like I’m in to win it in this swim.  I hope it’s pays off.  I’m just not a 100% confident with it at the moment, but I must stick with it and just may be the big girl comes along this margin today.

Fingers crossed for this afternoon.

It’s certainly looking like a blank today.  It’s nearly time to head home and set about sorting my night fishing kit and 3 rod set up.  All organized and ready for the 29th March and the start of many nights to come.  Especially start on my new syndicate, which isn’t going to be easy, but I’m so looking forward to this new challenge.  The Airfield Lake will still feature in my fishing this year as I really can’t keep away, its just a stunning water.  It has plenty of unfinished business, so I will be splitting my fishing on both until it closes at the end of October.  I then plan to spend a lot of the winter on the new water, which I have yet to give it a nickname, time will tell, what it turns out to be, all will be revealed when I finally get there.

Until then

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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