Trip 91 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 4hrs

Since I was last here, there has been an incredible amount of rain; the inlet and outlet are working overtime.  The lake it’s probably come up 6 to 8 inches, which is going to make it hard going again and I will be happy with one fish again.  I do have the pick of the lake, with the exception of the inlet end where there is another angler set up.   After my struggle last time to get a bite and seeing a lot around the island (where someone was fishing), the island felt my best option and gave me a good view of the lake.  If I felt the need for a move – there is sunshine forecast, which may well help me as I’m also at the back of the wind.

I have baited up a bit, in the hope that if a group of Carp came along, I will be able to hold them.

I just had my first take and lost it, which is a real shame.  However, a good sign of feeding Carp and the possibility of a few more (fingers crossed).

Just before noon, the right-hand rod was off, this one didn’t drop off and a small Common was in the net.


Glad about that, with another mesh bag made up and flicked out to the island margins.  With a bit of brightness in the sky, it was time for a coffee and a bite to eat.

I very nearly moved, but at the same time, a nice fish rolled by the island.  I stayed until 1430, but with no more action, it was time for a wet pack up.

This is DEFINATELY the last trip before Christmas!  I will no doubt be posted after then, so hope you all had a great time and if I don’t manage another trip before the new year. Have a great time.

Until next year


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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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