Trip 76 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 3 1/2 hrs

With my car fixed by the garage just before 10am; it would be silly not to make use of the free time today.  As we are having another proper Autumn day, none of this rain rubbish, I was soon down the lake.  I found a few fish in the dead pads and had the rods both out on the spots by 11am, you couldn’t ask for more.


These carp are quite happy to give their locations away, just a bit shy about picking up baits.  As Winter arrives, I’m sure that will change as the angler pressure drops even more.


After spotting a nice fish showing a couple of times to my left, it was time for a swim move.  I moved down a few swims and not wishing to spook the carp, it was single hook baits and a foam nugget.  I was pretty lucky and only needing 3 casts, unfortunately, I’m sure the fish have moved down to my right, so fingers crossed.


Within the hour my left-hand rod was away with (definitely) much bigger and a harder fighting fish to get back in the pads and off to my right.  It successfully picked up the other rod (joy!) but I managed to sort out and finally get the carp in the net.


It was about an 11lb mirror, which I’m very happy with and there is a chance of another one.

Within moments of typing the above sentence, the right-hand rod was away, with another carp desperately seeking sanctuary in the pads.  I held my ground and another carp was in the net and this time it was common.


At just over 11lb ish; I’m not currently weighing them but things will change when I’m a bit more organized.  With only 30 minutes left on the clock, the rod was soon out there again and you never know.

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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