Trip 81 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

With another rubbish rainy day for gardening, it was perfect for a spot of fishing (before the pressure goes sky high over the weekend).  It’s a great opportunity to get back on the School Lake and this time try something different.  I’ve baited a lot more than I have been doing and also off the pads a bit.  I’m convinced the bigger carp will feel the pressure of everyone casting into the pads and I’m hoping as this is a very popular venue in the Summer months.  There will likely be a fair bit of bait accurately going in and will fall short (where no-one fishes) and the bigger carp will feel a lot safer feeding there.


They will be less active, but hopefully bigger carp – 20+ I’m am aiming for!  Sticking with the same color & flavor pop up (being PPS & Pineapple N-Butyric acid) and large PVA bag filled with Catalyst pellets soaked in the syrup.


Which smells fantastic.  I will just have to be patient and see how it pans out.  There has been a fair few Carp showing along the far margin and I have decided that if by 1230 I’ve seen no action, I will move the right-hand rod closer in and see what happens.  Most of the carp showing, have been to my left and right, maybe the bait application, pushed them away and they could well drift back later.


Well that didn’t take long after moving a rod close to the dead pads and the far bank.  I have only switched one over, which now tells me there are fish in the area and hopefully a bigger one off the pads more and over my baiting area.  I’ve had a liner that is very positive on the left rod.

For an hour and a bit I really thought the sun was coming out, but alas it’s pouring down again.

With only twenty minutes left on the pack up clock, it certainly looks like just 1 Carp today and this was due to the location change.  I was really hoping the baited spot would produce, not going to give up on that one and will have the Deeper next time.  It’s time to get mapping the lake as the pads have mostly gone.  I will stick some screenshots of my findings.

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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