Trip 56 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – Estate Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

With Monday’s now free (I’ve rearranged my workload to only 3 days a week), I’m either going to be here for the day or stay on Meadow Lake after the weekend.  Arriving on a  Friday night will get harder as the nights draw in and Winter sets in.  I find that getting into a routine of where you fish and when; helps you organize and plan the sessions out better.  It creates less stress and disorganization which is certainly not going to help you bank fish.

There has been a work party on the lake recently, which I was unable to attend (unfortunately) due to prior arrangement.  This was a real shame, as it would have been a great opportunity to meet other members and gain some extra knowledge regarding their success and failures here.  As I don’t believe it’s been very fruitful for many members.


I have decided for easy access and setting up in the dark, the car park side of the lake was going to be my chosen side for the Autumn and Winter months.  This gave me access to a high proportion of the lake and once the weed had died back, I would have no issues putting a bait in 3/4 of the lake and if I only baited this area, it would create a feeding area.

The spots I was focusing on today were a lovely clean area under an overhanging bush and a spot at the back of a weed bed left which divides two swims.  The margin rod was baited by hand and the other a small PVA bag.  Both rods were baited with 12mm pop-ups, one classic corn, and the other Pink pepper squid.  I was after something different and visual.


I was also planning on checking out a few areas with the Deeper for the last hour.  This was to gain more insight into the makeup of the bottom after a lot of the weed had been taken out.

I’m sure I learn a bit more every time I fish here, but it’s certainly turning out to be a hard nut to crack.  I do have to bear in mind that I probably have only fished here 6 or 7 times since joining and my main reason was for the Winter & the last of the Autumn months.  So, all in all, I’m really only now just starting what I set out to do and any previous trips were all exploratory.

Until next time.


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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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