Trip 78 Carp Fishing – 2019



Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5 hrs

Unfortunately, work was cancelled today, I have the buzz of a new lake to play on and loads of work is booked for next week, there was only one place to be.


In all honesty, I’d absolutely no intention of fishing the same swim again, but as I was swinging the car around in the car park, you’re looking directly at the opposite bank and two fish appeared out of the water at the same time.  I’m sure you would agree, it would’ve been silly to ignore that and we all know how carp love pads when they are dying back.  I’m sure it’s to do with the heat the pads give off when they are breaking down.


I’ve tried my best in taking photos from different angles, as there are only so many photographs you can take of the same swim.

I’m sticking to pop-ups in varying colours and flavours, trying to pinpoint their favourite before Winter sets in and they will be harder to catch.  I’m hoping the bigger carp will start to turn up as I have found this in the past on other club lakes.  The bigger fish need to maintain their weight and eat more than their smaller brothers and sisters.

I’ve also put more bait out than previously, to see how that affects my catch rate.

Just after 10am (I had just taken a big bite out of my Bovril butty), off goes the left-hand rod; with the first of a few takes today I hope.  After a short fight the carp was in the net.


Happy with that and the sun was coming out, it was looking like a beautiful day.  There was a good wind blowing and my brolly was needed.  The bait was out roughly in the spot where there were a lot of leaves on the water and it was pretty hard to see the difference between the pads and leaves.

It’s just after noon and I keep seeing the odd fish tight into the far margin.  Unfortunately, they were a bit too far into the dead pads for me at the moment.  Once they start to die down a bit more, I will feel a bit more comfortable about putting baits there.

The carp aren’t playing ball today.  Mind you, there’s a pretty cold S/E wind blowing and the sun never made much of an appearance.

Much to my surprise, the right-hand rod was away at just after two pm with probably the smallest of the carp so far.  However, as I’m just in it for some fun at the moment, all are good and I’m sure the bigger fish will turn up.


That’s it for today with just over 30 minutes to go, I would be surprised to get another carp, but you just never know.  Fortunately for me, there has been more carp action, can’t believe it’s home time so soon.

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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