Take a look at this picture. It was done with level 83 BVE +11 FPs using T3s on my US Essex. Yes, my team lost, but I was fighting T4 fighters from a PCV and a CV5 south pretty much all game. Even on the loss, I netted about 80k credits on the results screen. I don't drag my fighters all over the map, I do micro-manage them to pull them out of CoDs, but only enough to make them swing around for another "swarm attack".
My point is, if you learn to micro-manage your fighters, you will be able to get better results. Playing as a CV does take a lot of multi-tasking and micro-management, it also causes you to take a lot of harassment from other players, but it can have some nice rewards once you get the hang of it and find what type of CV you are best at playing.
P.S. This was done while keeping the south enemy BBs scouted at least 95% of the game, but our BBs kept running and wouldn't engage, and this lead to our south BBs falling to the enemy North/Mid over-powering them...