The Reservoir

I would like to introduce you to one of the lakes I go carp fishing on.  It’s a small reservoir that was dug many years ago to build the old local hospital.

There are lots of Lilly pads and over hanging tree, with not too many swims.  It’s so peaceful & quiet there, at the shallow end there is a nice area of Norfolk reeds.

You cannot fail to find fish held up in the reeds at any time of the year, even when there is snow on the ground & ice on the lake.

The swims are comfortable with plenty of room or tiny ones you can tuck yourself away in.

There is a small head of old English carp in the lake with only a couple going over the 30+ mark.

The fish in the photo is a cracking 26lb common I had last year which was tempted by gulp liver & squid 16mm boilies.

The lake is on the outskirts of woodland and is not accessible other than by a nice 1/2 mile walk.  It is a haven for wildlife, which is nice to see.


                                                        A Nice Nr 30lb Common

when you’re sitting there on a nice summers evening.  Due to the long walk there is never too many anglers fishing.  I do tend you use the lake as a bolthole when all the other lakes are full in the summertime.  I have never been on there when there has been more than 3 people doing the night/day including me.


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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