Trip 85 Carp Fishing – 2019



Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

With another opportunity to get on the lake again today.  It was going to be another cold start to the day, but sunshine was forecast.


I came armed with my Deeper Chirp and slowly walked around the lake.  I was more or less sure where I would find them.  It would be nice to start mapping the lake, as the lilly pads had just about gone.  I’d been watching the Grebe over the past few trips and I’m sure that he had found Silverfish and they would certainly be in a warm part of the lake.  This meant that the carp would not be far away.  Once I came to that area, sure enough, the Deeper picked up the shoal of fish.


Not 100% sure that any are Carp, as they could be balled up tight together.  However, I’m always confident that if its a good spot for them, the Carp will never be far away.  I flicked out two small bags with pop-ups on, sat back and we shall see.  I like to have the tips up in the water, as you can watch the line for any signs of Carp and it did twice a couple of times, which kept me in this part of the lake.


I decided around noon time to bring the right-hand rod close in as I had seen a bit of movement and felt it needed to be closer rather than in open water.  Just after that, the left-hand rod was away without any warning and a small battle ensued as the fish was determined to get in the overhanging brambles.  However, I had the opposite opinion and finally managed to get a low double into the net.


11lb 14oz

Very happy with that as the Deeper had recorded a surface temperature of 5 degrees, not too conducive for feeding carp.  After finding those fish on the Deeper I was ever hopeful and it paid off.


I very nearly moved to swim up to the island, but just felt comfortable here, I had another liner, but that did not materialize into anything, unfortunately.

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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