Trip 8 Pike Fishing- 2020


Location – Water Works Lake

Hours Fished – 5hrs

I’m well overdue a Pike session and after taking a walk around here yesterday afternoon in the sunshine, I was pretty inspired.  It’s not going to be an easy venue, but it’s certainly worth a few sessions before the close season.  I really love the Pike, unfortunately, the Carp bug takes over too much!

When I was walking around yesterday, it was clear that the Grebes were feeding in this part of the lake and I felt it would be a good starting point.

I flicked the Deeper out to try and locate the baitfish and they were pretty abundant.  They were in a couple of cast-able spots, however, the trees were overhanging the swims, so this made a couple of them unfishable.  I found a suitable one to fish and would give it a couple of hours then move on.


With no action, I moved on to my second area.  I’ve decided that I will try and cover another area before going, then return tomorrow and fish the other end of the lake.  I’m able to use live bait, so if I can get myself sorted, I will come kitted out to catch some tomorrow.  Oddly, I feel the best area for that is where I started this morning as there was a lot of fry in the margins.  I was surprised by the lack of action, but these things happen and that’s the joy of fishing.


After walking right down to the far end and not finding very much to shout about, I find myself back in the first swim I started in!  There was way more baitfish out here and I will spend the next 2 hours here in the hope of a pickup.

With not a knock or bleep its time to head home.

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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