About the Post

Kirk Smith

Author Information

Hi im a keen a passionate carp angler. I live in norwich and i am a working family man . im always happy to help and if i see you on the bank im always happy to chat. also you can follow me on twitter @kirkroachykorda.

Commercial Success : Airfield lakes in Norfolk – Spod mix and Crafty Carp

 

Who cares if you blank with a view like this

Who cares if you blank with a view like this

This month the Angling Gazette commercial success series has taken me to Airfield lakes in Norfolk, owned and managed by all-star angler Rich Wilby.

The venue is situated just outside Diss in Norfolk and  boasts two lakes. Mustang Lake which is the venues day ticket lake containing 30lb carp, plenty of 20lb carp and good doubles. Enough to keep any carp angler- serious or novice at bay. Secondly they have Spitfire Lake which is open ten weeks of the year and is available to book for week long sessions. This lake contains the infamous “Wood” a 50lb+ carp.

There is an onsite toilet (so no need to use the bushes) and Rich is around most days and will walk around the lakes chatting to anglers and giving them very helpful hints and tips which will hopefully put a carp in the landing net. Landing nets, weigh slings and carp cradles are supplied as a fishery rule is not to bring yours.

I arrived on mustang lake mid-morning and already the weather was extremely warm. I had a walk around the lake but saw no signs of carp. After a quick chat with some anglers who had fished the previous night, I was soon set up in peg 14. According to the advice I was given, this side of the lake was producing the fish. So confident that the fish were in the upper layers of the water I went straight on the zigs.

My Sloppy Spod Mix

My Sloppy Spod Mix

At the time the lake water was extremely coloured so I opted to spod a sloppy mix over the top which consisted of ccmoore’s sweet nut cloud instant spod mix, ccmoore’s live system boilies crumbed up, ccmoore hnv betaine ultra mix pellet and ccmoore’s intense hempseed. This created one stunning cloud in the water and if I was a carp I would be all over it. Having larger particles in your sloppy spod mix will begin to bait up the bottom so if you opt to fish bottom baits at night, half your work will already be done/

Sadly this method didn’t produce and by early evening, I was preparing some bottom bait rigs and solid bags ready for the night ahead. Again my choice of boilie was ccmoore live system and in my solid bags I used ccmoore’s hnv betaine ultra mix, on recommendation from Rich that the carp love a bit of pellet.

All evening I watched the water for signs of fish but only saw silver fish top, with my night ending in a blank. However, with the views you get at Airfield lake, I couldn’t be unhappy?

Now normally I would I have put the blank down to the lake fishing really well the previous week and the time being so close to spawning. That was my track of thought until I had a chat with Rich the following morning and he made me realise something. Maybe the crafty carp had gotten away with my bait and I’d been done or failed to hook them.  Upon checking my rigs, it turns our that they might not have been as effective as I’d first thought. So I came away from airfield learning a valuable lesson.

The Airfield Carp proved to crafty for my Zigs

The Airfield Carp proved to crafty for my Zigs

Not all commercial fisheries are easy and Airfield lakes is one that certainly takes a little time and thought to conquer. Which means that this chapter of commercial success won’t be closed until I catch a carp from airfield.

Airfields lakes get the thumbs up for commercial success from me, with a fantastic complex and a lovely owner Rich Wilby on hand to help with advice,  you can’t go wrong . At £15 a day for three rods at a lake with fishing of this quality, I think it’s priced well too,

Even though I drew a blank, I enjoyed my time and I will be definitely be going back to settle the score with some of those Airfield carp.

I can’t catch every time, but to me the challenge is what makes fishing fun.

Until my next instalment tight lines.

If you fish commercial fisheries in your area and want to report on them, why not get in touch and join our commercial success writing team

Longleat

Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith

Hi im a keen a passionate carp angler. I live in norwich and i am a working family man . im always happy to help and if i see you on the bank im always happy to chat. also you can follow me on twitter @kirkroachykorda.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “Commercial Success : Airfield lakes in Norfolk – Spod mix and Crafty Carp”

  1. Hello Kirk,I’m heading down to airfields mustang lake on the 5th October my first trip to this lake can’t wait!! What kind of rig pointers did Rick give you? As it would be nice to get one on the bank,so any pointers you could give me would be appreciated,thanks

    September 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply
    • Kirk Smith
      Kirk Smith #

      hey giles apologies for the late reply. When i went to airfield i was sure that i had found a rig that would catch anywhere and everywhere, Rich pointed out that i need to keep open minded and always thinking because there will be carp that reject my rigs. it might not seem an amazing piece of advice but it opens so many doors i.e are using the correct rig for your fishing situation and would it be worth trying a different hook pattern size. your options are limitless really making this an extremely valuble piece of advice in my opinion. i recommend good quality boilies as the fish in there love them and more importantly i hope you enjoy your time at airfield. good luck and let us know how you get on.

      many thanks

      kirk

      September 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm Reply

Leave a Reply


+ nine = 18