Trip 48 Carp Fishing – 2022

This session, I’m in Suffolk fishing at West Stow County park, it’s a social with my oldest friend Mr Rob Nunn. It’s been a year since our last trip, around the same time it is half term week. The drive up was pretty shocking due to the bad weather – heavy rain, and thunderstorms all the way.

I left home earlier than I had planned, as I was woken up by the thunderstorm. This did help in a way, I set off earlier than planned, which would help me. I was going to have to be driving through yet more heavy rain, along with the possibility of the need to take an alternative route if needed. This was the case in the end.

Love the colors

Rob called me on the way down (or up depending on how you look at it) and discussed our options based on the information he had obtained. It looked like we would be heading up along the riverbank side of the lake and picking any of the first 5 swims. Rob was going to be about 30 minutes behind me, he had kindly let me have the pick of the swims, as I was his guest.

I arrived at about 1130 and it wasn’t raining, however, it was definitely due to within the next hour. I stood in a couple of the swims for some time, I’d also been looking up the lake for quite some time and not seen anything. I was confident with Rob’s choice of area, I just needed a sign. I’d narrowed it down to two swims, but was struggling to pick one. By now, it’d started to rain and I really needed to pick one. In the end, I simply picked the swim with the greatest of options available to me.

My swim

This swim gave me the side of the island and the end, plus some open water. I’d checked on the Fish Deeper Page, using the Global data function.

Global data
My area

Unfortunately, the Deeper is not allowed on here. However, I can actually use three rods for once, which gives me more of a choice about where to position my rods. As I mentioned above, one off the side of the island, one on the end, and the other one, off the drop off of a bar I’d found.

Over each spot I put out a few medium-sized spombs and baited all my rods with Catalyst wafters. I didn’t quite feel the need for pop-ups yet.

It’s coming!

This was certainly one big thunderstorm that rattled the ground at one point. The front of my bivvy filled up with water, I was wondering if it carried on it would be in the door? But I fell asleep after my early start, plus the drive in all the heavy rain.

It’s getting closer

Morning arrived with no action for either myself or Rob. My throat which I thought was just dry due to the lack of water overnight, was starting to show signs of developing into something else. This could affect my plans of fishing the Airfield Lake at the end of the week, let’s hope not.

By 10am I had started to dry all the wet things out, as there’s a nice warm wind from the southwest, plus the sun is hopefully going to be shining at some point today.


I was planning on touching the rods, but a friendly coot was no doubt going to change that.


Unfortunately, my illness has gotten the better of me and common sense has kicked in. I’m heading home today which is a real shame and very disappointing. This also means that I doubt I will get down the Airfield Lake at the end of this week before it closes. These things happen and health must come first. I was extremely confident last night, I could hear carp all about, but my constant coughing probably didn’t help.

Until my next visit here, I will have to be happy that I managed two nights and I will now start planning for Meadow Lake over the winter, along with a spot of pike fishing on new water.

Until next time



Well now, it turned out to be the dreaded Covid – and it hit the wife at the same 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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1 Response to Trip 48 Carp Fishing – 2022

  1. Faseeh says:

    Happy Fishing Richard!

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