Trip 42 Carp Fishing – 2021

Being my last trip before a month-long holiday away for my kids, a few long weekends and weeks away for me in Wales and Norfolk, I thought it would be nice to have a social couple of nights with Ian. As it was my daughter’s birthday party on the Friday, I needed to be around to help out, it was arranged for Ian to arrive on the Thursday and give me a call, we would then discuss our options. The call came in about 10 am Friday, Ian asked if I fancied fishing Meadow Lake this time as he was there and there was no one fishing. We had the choice of any swim.

I’d been looking at the weather forecast earlier that morning for the coming few days thinking of the Airfield Lake and which bank would be more favourable. We quickly worked out which bank we would go for on Meadow. Ian pitched up in the Gap swim and I would join him early Saturday morning after a huge thunderstorm had passed. We both felt this would get the fish stirred up. I thought by the time I arrived Saturday Ian would have had a take, which was not to be, unfortunately.

I’d been studying the Fish Deeper app in-between sorting out party stuff in the garden and had come across a 5ft hump surrounded by 10ft of water. It looked absolutely perfect. I worked out that it was 20 wraps out and when I arrived (just after 7am) both rods were flicked out with single hook baits on, towards that area.

Later on in the day, I’d get the marker rod out and spomb some bait out there – unless I see showing carp. I would fish both rods on that spot, always with the option to pull one away to another area

I spent an hour or so looking for that perfect spot but I just couldn’t land the marker on that area. However, I did manage to find a perfect area that couldn’t have been far off. I’m always happy with that, as long as you are close by a feature in a pretty much featureless lake bed. It will attract carp into the surrounding area. I did however feel it was necessary to locate another feature within my water to also fish to and I found a lovely gravel spot not too far away. I baited both areas quite heavily with a mixture of maze, pellets, chopped, and whole 12m boilies. This gave various forms of attraction into the swim with different breakdown times over the next 24hrs.

This, I hope, will encourage the carp into the swim and to feed. Even if they’re passing by over this period, there would always be some food items available to them.

The night was event-free – with the exception of the Canadian Geese, they do drive you crazy in the early hours. My plan today was to sit it out with the rods as they were, the conditions couldn’t be better, with little rain and a lite breeze.

Unfortunately, Ian’s action was short-lived. The carp found something out there to shed the hook into, but a positive from that moment, we knew the carp were feeding and out in open water, hopefully not long until the next bite.

The day was filled with light rain and showers, until around 3 pm when it cleared up a bit and had the occasional bit of sunshine. With that, another day passed. The geese were in full swing around midnight. I drifted off to sleep at some point and was woken by a run on my left hand rod at about 3 am. After a bit of an issue with my other line, the fish was in the net. However, I would be re doing both my rods and stripping a fair bit of line off the spool to sort the mess out, can’t complain.

With this lovely 23lb 12oz Common.

I was all sorted and back in the sack just before 4am with the geese at it again.

I woke up just after 8 am and was so glad I had managed a few more hours sleep as I was feeling it in the middle of the night with the geese.

Ian headed home just before 1 pm. I got the Deeper out to see how bad the weed was, I was sure that was the reason my line was picked up by the other rod last night and Ian had picked up a weed bed on winding in slowly.

The carp where clearly situated in the weed during the day and would drift out at night, due to the lack of oxygen. If I moved my bait about, to near this spot, I should be in with a shout tonight. The big question was, do I move both rods away from where I had been fishing? Yes, definitely for one but I needed to give it some thought on the spot that produced last night. My right hand rod was now only a few rod lengths out to my right. I’d catapulted a few handfuls of 12mm Catalyst boilies and some 8mm pellets, I would make the decision on the left hand rod later on this evening.

This evening something happened on the lake that surprised me and dismayed me. I felt that I had gone back to my club lake day’s. Another angler arrived in a close-range fishing swim and proceeded to spomb out with no regard to where I was fishing. In fact, dispite being in one of the long-range fishing swims. I wasn’t fishing very far out. The bit that got me most was the complete lack of respect and no thought for me. He hadn’t bothered to pop over to check where I was fishing or even ask if it was ok, instead, he just started spomb. After a chat with a couple of other syndicate members who agreed it was completely out of order. So, I popped around for a chat and the first thing I was informed was he had checked on Google maps and his spot was only 18 wraps. Which basically informed me he never had any intention of asking me and had made up in his mind it was perfectly ok. That should have been the end of the conversation. I did walk off, as I was lost for words and can’t really remember my reply, but I was informed by him how to fish my swim – I should fish short off where I was fishing as that is where everyone catches. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t know that I’ve had many big hauls from fishing at range, but a bit more left and clearly in my water. This is the point where I walked off and headed back around to my swim. Someone who was fishing a couple of swims down, suggested I have a glass of red to calm me down. This was better than packing up and going home, which was where I was at that point.

The night was full of rain and sleep. I woke about 8 am and as my ‘discussion’ with the angler was still fresh in my head, I sat down after lunchtime and put my words down in this blog. I clearly needed to put some time between both things. I packed up not long after getting up and was home by 10am, despite have most of the day to fish. It’s a real shame that this incident put a real dark shadow over my last trip for a month, I’m away with the family for all of August as last year was a complete flop.

Until next time, when I will have calmed down completely. You don’t need negative thoughts when you fish that swim again. Will the same thing end up happening again as he feels that he is in the right with no consideration of other members? People should have some courtesy to inquire if it’s ok. Sad times.








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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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