Trip 5 Carp Fishing- 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours – 4 Hrs

I’m out for my usual Monday session; obsessed with the Carp at the moment.  The forecast is for very high winds and heavy rain this week, so I’m not sure if I will make it out again.

I arrived at the lake to find the maintenance team hard at work sorting out the dead trees, it’s always nice to see your membership money getting put back into the lakes you fish.  I was really hoping to fish a different area from the island today but felt that was my best option with all the noise and falling trees.

I headed to my normal area and baited with 8mm Catalyst pellets, crushed Classic Corn boilies and fished a 12mm CC pop up, with my ever faithful Ronnie rig.

The first take happened just before 10.30 and just after the rain had started, which wasn’t forecast to arrive until later this afternoon.  It was only a small Common, but still very welcome.


With a fresh bait on the rod, it was soon back out on to the left-hand spot.  l topped up the swim with a small amount of bait.  By 11 am, as there was no action on the right-hand rod, I moved that one down to the bottom of the margin shelf.  I had a feeling this was going to be a hard days fishing, the weather had changed and there were absolutely no signs of Carp.  Just as I was thinking this, the right-hand rod ripped off, with a very unhappy Mirror on the other end who was clearly not happy but it was soon on the bank and then safely back in the lake.


Just shows you can never really tell.

The wind had really picked up and the brolly was taking a beating, there was the odd break in the rain, it wasn’t too bad on the bank today.

Well, it’s almost heading home time and this wind has certainly got a chill to it.  I’m very happy with two fish, as it’s gone from warm and sunny, to cold and windy in the space of a few hours.  I’m certainly feeling the difference and I’m sure the carp will be.

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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