Trip 88 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 4hrs

With gardening nearly done for the Winter months.  I’ve now got the opportunity to pick and choose when I go.  Obviously, with the exception of the school holidays over the Christmas period.  This will be a great bonus for my fishing, but it’s still certainly going to be hard going (as you would expect this time of the year).


I’m back down the School Lake today.  Unfortunately, where I located some Carp on my way out the other day, there is a guy fishing two swims down.  In my book, I can’t set near there, so I headed for the island again and the way the wind was pushing across I felt it to be the best area.  It was the same spot as before and this time I had come armed with Catalyst boilies and pellets, I catapulted a good load of them into the margins around the island.  As the wind was very fresh and all the rain yesterday, I’m sure the lake will be colder and it may be a bit harder today.


The first take happened within the first hour, which I was surprised about and it was a very hard fighting fully-scaled Mirror.


14lb 1oz

The second take was about 10 minutes after getting the rod back out on the spot.  It was all happening on the right-hand rod again and I was considering moving the left rod.


16lb 1oz

A lovely Common this time and also a good size again, which was nice and want I’m looking for.  After getting the rod out again, it was definitely time for a few more pouch fulls of bait out there, just as I had finished that, the rod was away again.  This time to a smaller Common, never the less the third fish of the day.


I was now really thinking that the left-hand spot may have been blown from all the pressure over the year’s or do I hold out the bigger fish?


After all that action it completely died and I even moved both rods around, but I can’t really complain about today’s results.

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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2 Responses to Trip 88 Carp Fishing – 2019

  1. Peachy Essay says:

    I live in Hampshire and would like to join you next time if it’s okay. How can I contact you?

    Liked by 1 person

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