Trip 87 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 4 hrs

With high winds and heavy rain at the beginning of the week and not that much motivation after the hard going on my last trip, it wasn’t until Wednesday that I finally got the rods out.


And after an hour and a half of searching for good signs of Carp with the Chirp.  I finally settled on a swim by the island, my previous trip on here had revealed either a shelf for the Carp to feed on or an amazing drop-off.  Both these features would produce Carp in the right conditions over the Winter months.


I set up my rods as normal and flicked them out both with PPS pop-ups.  One on the bottom of the drop-off and the other on the shelf and catapulted some 8mm Catalyst pellets.


I’d purposely got these for this lake with my last order.  Within 10 to 15 minutes, I was getting liners and not long after that my first take.


A lovely Mirror, but before I got a chance to do anything the other rod was away with a Common!


I quickly sorted out the photos and got the fish back.  I sorted the rods out and was just catapulting more pellets out and the right rod was off again, with another Common.


Wow, that was a mad 30 minutes, may get a chance to finish my cold coffee!


It all went a bit dead when the rain arrived and I had to wait until 1230 for my next take.


Another small Common to the list and that was the last take of the day.  This was a good 4 hrs worth of fishing and I was just hoping for one fish.

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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