Trip 37 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m out for a 4 night Social with Ian. The current heat wave may be against us, but it’s all about the social this trip and we really needed to be in a shady swim.

I arrived down the first lake at about 7 am, we’d decided that it was worth looking at Meadow Lake first and then heading over to the Airfield Lake if needed. There really was only one swim that we could double up in and was in the shade, this is what a social is about.

Our first choice was taken and I don’t blame them, it’s shrouded by trees. I picked on another one and headed off for a walk and a chat with a couple of other syndicate members. I found one was heading off in a few hours and as Ian wasn’t due down for anything 3 hours it felt a good option.

I called Ian and discussed our options, he agreed that this was the best and I dropped a bucket in the swim – after checking the current occupant was happy. I headed off for a good walk about and a double check on the swim situation, it was definitely looking like the perfect answer.

My side

I managed to get my kit sorted, with the exception of the rods before Ian and the sun arrived on my side of the swim. Mornings were definitely going to be spent on my side and afternoon on Ian’s side. The temperatures are due to reach 30 degrees.

All done

We were all done with the exception of casting out by 11 am ish, this was good going as the temperature was ok.

I’d found a couple of perfect spots and baited them quite heavily with 12mm boilies. I was fishing a krill hook bait with a 12mm Catalyst pop-up, one white, the other pink over the top.

The afternoon was spent avoiding the sunshine enjoying a few glasses and catching up on stuff since we had last fished together.


Time soon passed and the sunset arrived, we were full of anticipation for the night, and maybe one of us would catch.

Ready for the sun

The night passed bleep free for me, and Ian had a couple of liners. That was really it for the first night, we have a few hours left to catch through feeding time. Then, I think the day will be down to luck if we catch anything. 

We were sitting outside in the shade, happily drinking coffee and the left-hand rod ripped away. I was pretty lucky as it tried to weed itself up. I maintained the pressure, the carp was soon free, and heading to my left, trying for the overhanging trees, I walked back slowly to maintain the pressure and guided the carp straight into my margins. It was a case, then, of simply playing out the carp under the rod tip.

In we go
Safe and sound

Once the carp was safely in my Nsr50, we sorted out the camera kit and poured a few buckets of water over the mat in a sling, in preparation for some snaps.

25lb 15oz
Back we go

I’m happy with that start, With any luck, it will continue over the next few nights, all we need now is to get Ian a carp.

With both swims topped up, this is part of our baiting plan for these few days and with fresh baits on it was time for a glass.


We had a great afternoon and evening, and we settled into our bivvies just before midnight. My right-hand rod rattled off just be 4am, and with minimal issues, it was in the net after 5 or 10 minutes.

29lb 15oz Common

Nice one. The bait is back on the spot, it was time to get some more shut-eye.

The heat of the day was soon approaching, breakfast was in order.

Mushrooms for breakfast!

I’m glad we had food early because by 2pm I was really in need of more, probably too much wine last night.

That will fill me up

Steak, chips, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes were on the menu, followed by a couple of cans of Guinness. Around 5pm, it was time to top up the swim a bit, get some fresh hook baits on and get the rods out for the night.

Amazing sunset

The sunset this evening was absolutely fantastic, I never grow tired of sitting watching them.

Just before midnight, Ian’s right-hand rod was away, he was attached to something big. It just held its ground, Ian did start to gain some line back, at this point, it ripped off again and was aggressively taking line, Ian was hanging on trying to gain ground.  The hook pull out and that feeling we all know, fell over him.  He got himself together and got the rod back out onto his spot.

Last 24 hours

I was hoping, as it was so early in the night, that another rod stood a good chance of going off at some point. Unfortunately, this never came to fruition and we started our last 24 hours. This was my last trip for about a month. I’d planned a few weeks with the family away in Southern Ireland and would not be on the bank again until mid-September. I’ve only got two weekends free that month also. Autumn would be in full swing by the time I was back in my routine, but Summer is all about the family really.

I hope that Ian catches something over the next 24 hours – these conditions have been trying in the heat, however, I’ve been surprised how well I’ve coped with the high temperature. However, I couldn’t have been out gardening or even anything, as it would mean moving around too much! I end up dripping with sweat – lovely.

This afternoon was not so hot, however, there’s a good blow on the water and the pressure is pretty low and I feel there’s a good chance of a carp or two tonight.

The sunset and cloud formations were absolutely stunning tonight and I hope this brings us both some luck as we go into the last night.

It was another carp-free night and packing up time. As the forecast for another hot day, camp was down early and I was going to spend the last few hours sitting by the rods. Always in the hope that a carp still fancied a feed. 10am was going to be my limit, it really started to get hot after then and a fair amount of shade had gone.

Just the rods

It had been a cracking 4 night social and would’ve really been nice for Ian to land that carp he had hooked, which I’m certain would have been the biggest of the trip by far.

But that’s fishing for you.

Rods on the floor

It’s now time for a couple of weeks off, out and about with the family, with lots of beach fun, I’m sure.

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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