Trip 3 Carp Fishing- 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 4hrs

With my gardening job canceled today and unfortunately, the Perch bait is still in the freezer.  I quickly organized the carp kit, which is pretty simple as I keep it all sorted and ready to go.  I just need to grab the bait and as I had received my order yesterday from SF with the new Classic Corn Boilies, I just had to give them a go.

I arrived down there to find a couple of guys fishing and a work party going on down the shallow end.  I headed down towards the island, as this had to be my best option.  I catapulted some crushed CC out around the island and fish both pop-ups, one CC & PPS as I was interested in how they performed as hook baits against each other.

I was soon rewarded with my first take of the year and my first fish on the CC bait, it was a good fight which was over quickly and back safely.


Lovely Common

With the rod back out, I finished sorting the swim out and got the brolly up as a windbreak, it was pretty blowy out here today.

The second take happened out of the blue on the right rod, not long after a single bleep on the left rod, which I was expecting to fly off.  After a very hard fight, which was a Common, that just wouldn’t give up in the margins.


19lbs 8oz Common

I flicked the rod out on the spot and topped the swim-up again with more CC.  I was hoping to bait up a couple of spots on the way back, I also moved the other rod, as it hadn’t received any action.


Unfortunately, the next take took me straight into an underwater snag that I was unaware of.  This is never going to help and despite my best effort, the hook pulled out and the fish was gone.

That was it for today.  Heavy rain was forecast, so I was off by 1315 and I’m so glad I was, the rain was tropical.

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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