Trip 75 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

After a lot of thoughtfulness over the past month, I’ve decided to join my local angling club, I very nearly did this last year before I discovered the Estate Lake.  It was a hard choice to make, but the whole point of having a local water was for my quick 5 hour trips during the week when the kids are at school.  However, the Estate Lake wasn’t producing the goods and with Winter knocking at the door, it was time for a change.  I only felt that fishing on sunny days was my best option on there.  I would still certainly be giving it a go until renewal time and then a big choice would have to be made.


The local club lakes around where I live gave me two lakes for perch fishing and a good one for carp – no massive fish, but just perfect for those winter days on the bank.

I was very lucky that the membership man dropped my ticket round in person on Friday afternoon and with an hour to spare and a quick 10-minute drive; I was walking around one of the lakes and it was just like old times.  This was the first club I joined when I moved down here some 20+ years ago, I popped into another lake which holds Perch and Crucian carp.  I have not for fished those since I was a kid.  The lake looked perfect and I would definitely be going there in the Summertime for the Crucians and I would be after the Perch in the winter months.


Anyway, I digress; back to today.  I was amazed to find only one other person here and I had a good chat with him, apparently, it’s pretty peaceful most days and not very heavily fished.  This sounds perfect and I will refer to it as the School Lake, I’m not for naming where it is and prefer to make up my own name up for it.

I walked down to where I had spotted the carp yesterday and within a few moments, a carp topped and then again – well that was my choice made up.  They were clearly still in that area and had been here since yesterday.  I knew there would be plenty of chod on the bottom, I had already rigged up a couple of pop-ups at home last night and clipped on a couple of bags filled with Catalyst pellets only, they had been soaked in the syrup overnight and flicked these out.  One just off the far bank and the other 3/4 of the way across.  As the next few hours passed there were clearly still fish in the area and it was only a matter of time.

It was about 0945 when the righthand rod (with the masala pop up) dropped back and I quickly pulled into my first carp – not the biggest but a carp and its a start.  I can build on this and there where plenty showing themselves.


It’s a start

With the rod back out with another bag on, I was feeling pretty confident.


It’s certainly nice to feel the warmth of the sunshine today, we have had a few weeks of horrible rain.  There are a few carp showing today, which is nice to watch and gives me some hope for the coming months.  I’m sure it will certainly get hard as December and January arrive.  I have just about an hour to go before pack uptime, as we have friends over this afternoon and my wife kindly let me go out.  I was pretty keen after getting the ticket yesterday and seeing carp then as well.  It’s a shame I’m unable to get down for another week, I may just be lucky for a quick 3hrs one day.  I’m pretty keen and you know me… it’s bound to happen!

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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