Trip 90 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

With another rainy day on the cards, it was time to get down the school lake.  There’s never a great deal of gardening to do this time of the year; once everything is all cleaned up, I just have a couple of big gardens which take me some time to get there and its been a lot longer this year with the weather.


There were two other anglers on the lake when I arrived and to set up in areas where they’d seen Carp.  After a chat with one of them, who had seen no other signs except in these areas.  I had my work cut out and with a long period of rain due, I was hoping to settle in one spot for the duration.  So, I spent the first hour with the Deeper looking for a group of fish, which was not that forthcoming but I did locate some.


I set about getting a couple of small mesh bags made up, filled with 6mm Catalyst pellets and attached them to my Ronnie rig with solu-ties.  This prevents the hook beads being moved in the cast and PPS as hook bait.


Bag set up.

I had set up 30 or 40 yards away from the other anglers, but in the middle of them and just under arm swinging the bags out.  I then scattered a few Catalyst boilies and pellets to encourage a bit of feeding.  I set back on my chair under the brolly as the rain had properly arrived.

Well, it’s starting to look like a blank for me today and could turn out to be my last trip before Christmas.  I have a bit to organize before the kids start their two weeks off.

I did think I was in with the chance of a pickup, but perhaps the rain fixed my fate.  Perhaps not, the rods ripped into life with this lovely blank saving Common.


Only a small one about 10lb, but very happy with that 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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