My Adventures Part 2

I managed to get back over to the lake on the 11th July to find an empty lake, partly because England were in the finals of the Euros.  Sorry folks, not a football fan.  However, I did keep an eye on the score as it would’ve been nice to win.  I found a perfect corner, lake full of fish and weed, but with the help of my Deeper Chirp I found a few clear spots.

However the carp didn’t agree with my choice and over the next 48 hours never got a bleep, despite their presence the whole time.

My next trip was the following weekend, just has July’s heatwave started, I only managed 2 nights as it was ridiculously hot.  The carp were on the top and clearly not interested in feeding.  I wouldn’t be back until early September as I had decided to not fish in August.  Instead I took the kid’s away for a long weekend camping and then we were away for a couple of weeks in a boathouse in Norfolk.  The previous year we didn’t feel the love to go away that much.


September arrived, with my family holiday fun over for this year.  We managed a fabulous time camping in Wales for 10 days and then spent 2 weeks on the Norfolk Broads as you will have read in my last blog.  I’m back out after the carp again, Autumn is fast approaching and I’m looking forward to the coming months.  I have a big dilemma.  A couple of 40s have past away on my new syndicate, these things happen unfortunately and only 2 others remain.  One now tipping the scales at over 47lb, which in all honesty is the one I’m after.  It was only caught this morning, it’s not worth the effort this time around.  We are very lucky that every carp’s capture is posted on the FB page a few hours later, so you can adjust your plans accordingly.  I’m not sure what effect the past few weeks will have on the other members, whether the number of anglers on the bank will reduce or the fact the big one has been out twice in 3 weeks (ish), this could easily make them a lot more keener than the past few months.

After coming back from my Summer holidays, it was clear that I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to go back onto this new water just yet and I needed a few weeks on the Airfield Lake to get some sort of plan on where/what I needed to be focusing on.


I ended up fishing on the Airfield Lake until the end of the season – putting it simply, it’s 64 acres and only 8 angler’s most weekends and even fewer in the week day.  I was able to set up on an island completely undisturbed for 2 or 3 night’s.  This is just my type of fishing – all alone with Mother Nature at her best.


I pulled off there at the end of October and I had spent a great deal of time thinking over my future plans.  After much thought, I’d taken the hard choice of not to join this lake again, for a bunch of personal reason and no reflection on the fishery.  It’s a shame but I don’t fit into the soundings of the water.  I love wild water and fishing for the unknown, which is more like how I started out in the 1981.  I’ve just got older prefer my own space and tucked away in the middle of nowhere.  I blame the Airfield Lake, there is still so much to offer and not much time, this is something you start thinking about when you get ever closer to 60.  If I was younger, this story would have gone in a completely different direction, but tines change and your perspective/focus on things changes.

We shall see where and how next year unfolds.

Until next time




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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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