Trip 35 Carp Fishing – 2021

With a few family things to do early next week, it was weekend fishing for me. The weather was on my side, my gardening jobs were all canceled and an extremely wet set up was coming my way.

The wind was blowing from every direction again this weekend and my focus was still on the Airfield Lake for the next few weeks. I headed back to my normal spot for the next few nights. As the pressure had dropped, hopefully, I will bag a few more carp. My tactics will be the same as my last session, unless I feel the need to tweak over the next few days, due to the change in weather conditions. I had opted to fish both rods closer in than normal, partly because it was the weekend and there is every likelihood of a few more anglers about than the previous session.

Last night was a bit of a letdown, I was really hoping that we would catch a few fish between us. I need to put a bit of thought into what my next step is.

I woke up on the second morning woundering want on earth was going on; perfect conditions, better than last week and I’m struggling to get a single bite!

I am a bit lost with the situation at the moment and need to put some thought into this so I can learn for the future.

Looking at the weather forecast for Monday, I think is likely that I’m going to head home at some point today. I just need an update on the weather forecast midday and make my decision then.

What I think I’ve learned is, always is have confidence in yourself, faith that you are doing the right thing and the best course of action. You will bag a carp.

Certainly happy with that blank saveing Common at just under 15lbers 14lb 15oz it went on the scales.

Still not really sure why it’s been a struggle,  could simply be the sudden drop in temperature within the water and outside, degrees in 24hrs is pretty dramatic for humans.

As always we will never know and can only hope we are thinking in the right direction.




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About richardhandel

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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