Trip 80 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

I’m out for my normal Monday trip, this time in the rain, I’m interested in how the rain affects the Carp in any way.  I was hoping for a peg I had fished before, I’d seen bigger Carp topping off the front of the pads.  I was planning on catapulting a load of 12mm Catalyst boilies and fishing PVA bags filled with Catalyst pellets soaked in the syrup, this makes them all sticky and smells amazing.

It was not long before my first take and a small Mirror was in the net.


That’s a nice start and with another bag back on the spot, that one was soon away again! With what I hoped felt like a better Carp.  Once it was under my top tip, it did look a lot bigger and that was soon in the net.  I thought I better weigh this one and it turned the dial round to 16lbs 12oz.


Happy with that.  I did up another bag and flicked it across to the spot.  I’d now put a loaded of boilies; well, 4 big catapults full and 3 medium-sized bags.  I know it sounds crazy but I didn’t want to over bait the area.

It was just after noon time when I had my third take of the day.  This time on the right-hand rod, I’d been watching the line twitch a few times over the past 30 minutes and I was sure it would finally rattle off.


Another one of the smaller residents, but I’m sure when Winter arrives these will slow down and the bigger residents will appear.

The same rod was off again within minutes of getting the bait back out there – I’d not even finished sticking my 12mm out there before the rod was off!


15lb 1oz

Second double of the trip.  The sun may even poke its head out from behind the clouds, it’s looking promising.  With just under 2 hours of fishing time to go, I’m very hopeful of another one or two Carp.


The next take was also to the right-hand rod and also on the PPS.  I was thinking there must be an issue with the other rod, after another nice battle fish 5 was in the net.


15lb 2oz

Another nice Common, but this one was a lot bigger, time to check the left-hand rod and sure enough, it was hooked up on a stick.  With that removed and a fresh Pineapple Nbutyric acid pop upon, that was also back out there and with 30 minutes to go, we shall see.

With no more fish, it was time to get home, what an amazing few hours of action.

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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