Trip 6 Carp Fishing- 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours – 4 Hrs

There’s only one place to go on your birthday.  But with horrendous winds and heavy rain forecast, it will not be for long.  With such a gorgeous start to the day, I can’t sit at home.

I arrived down the lake to find the maintenance guys had finished the first bank and were headed around the island.  This gave me the opportunity to try in open water again.  I’d been meaning to do for some time, just need to stock up on maggots and casters.  Previously, the carp didn’t pick up anything I’ve tried so far in open water, it’s all been margins and underarm flicker.  I’m sure this may well be where the bigger carp are, we shall see over the next few weeks.


I’ve not forgotten an item of tackle for some time, but today it was my buzzers!  And the trusty barrow pod was put into action, must be my age, I turned 55 today.

I’m using a combination of maggots, casters, crushed Classic Corn boilies in a large pva bag with 12mm pop-up and casting just over midway across the lake.

The wind is pushing down this end of the lake nicely and there is the odd heavy rain shower,  but nothing too drastic, it looks like its being pushed up North more.  I’ve been putting out the pva bags once every hour.  However, just before noon, I decided that the last two hours I would put a fresh bait on and stick it tight to the far margins as that tends to produce a Carp or two, as I’ve had no action yet.

Not long after putting out the margin rod, it was away with this lovely dummy Mirror.


I put the rod back out in the same area, you never know, it may well rattle off again.

Unfortunately, that was the only take of the day, but it was all I needed not to blank.

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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