Trip 16 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m out on the syndicate for a couple of nights again this week. I’m doubling up with Ian this week, I’ve purchased a Weber portable gas BBQ, and we’re going to test it out.

We weren’t really sure about the swim choice after last week’s trip when I caught and he didn’t. We’ve based the swim choice on the weather and the ease of packing up in the rain Sunday. I’ve always maintained that when you don’t really know where to go and the carp are playing hardball, go for comfort. This will bring you happiness and then confidence, even in the hardest of swims, you can catch when your confidence levels are high.

The wind was from the South East for the majority of the time; the pressure was due to slowly drop, and with a mixture of Sunshine and rain, it was looking good for the coming few days.

I arrived just before 9 am, had a look at the swims we fancied and gave Ian a call to discuss the options.

Swim Duck 2

This was the swim we decided on and hoped our thought process would pay off. Fingers crossed, we would both land a couple of carp or at least one each would be nice.

The right

I’m fishing the right-hand side of the swim, but not too close to that tree line, despite pitching up on top of my rods. I’ve baited up with a mixture of 12mm CC, 15mm Cat, and some Maize soaked in Liquid Red. I was fishing a 12x15mm CC wafter with a 12mm PPS pop-up.

Rainy Day

It’s going to be a rainy day today, until around 1 pm, and then with any luck, some sunshine. We had no action in the night, which was a bit of a surprise, as I was quite confident that one of the rods should have rattled off. I was half expecting my 7.30am bream take this morning, but this never arrived, maybe they are further out into the lake, I’m not as far out as previous trips in here. I didn’t think that area was an option this time as I felt like I needed to be nearer to the channel which leads into the sanctuary area, so I’m able to intercept them when they exit.

Bivvy Day

I spent most of the day on the bivvy with light rain, it finally stopped at about 4 pm.

First Go

It was my first go with my new Weber portable gas BBQ and was very happy.  I hadn’t tried doing this type of food before or even a gas bbq.


I had a friendly Robin watching over me. Once I had filled up on food, it was time to top the swim-up and get some fresh hook baits out for the next 24hrs.

Early Start

I was up early, thanks to a pair of roosting geese by the tree near Ian.

Noisy Things

It’s amazing how much noise these Geese make – all night long. This was the only noise of the night, the buzzer was silent again, which is turning into the norm here at the moment.

Not long after getting up, the rain was about again, but only until around 9 am, and then it’s supposed to be sunny all day long.

Over the Rainbow

Maybe this rainbow will help; I need something at the moment – LOL. I believe winter is over, there were 11 anglers on last night, which means spring has definitely arrived., and the winter tranquillity is over. I’m really trying to stay on Meadow until it closes on the 31st of March, but at this rate, I will be on the Airfield Lake sooner than expected.

Warm Glow

There’s a lovely warm glow about today.


The sunshine is tantalizingly close, but the rain keeps pushing it away. I wish I was on the other side of the valley. 

Breakfast Time

Late breakfast/early lunch and a glass of red in the sunshine were perfect, and a good bit of afternoon sunshine. Unfortunately, the South East wind was a bit fresh and the hope of the water warming up was not looking great.

I used up what was remaining of my spod mixture and put on fresh baits and flicked them back out, with any luck tonight, it will be the one.

Last Morning

Absolutely rubbish! These carp are really playing hard to get for me at the moment. I didn’t even hear a carp show last night. I can only conclude that I’m in the wrong area, and the cold rain has completely but them off, it’s getting hard to comprehend how bad this winter has been.

Fingers crossed for the last few hours, but daylight bites are very rare this winter! Unfortunately.

Until next week




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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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