Trip 8 Pike Fishing- 2020


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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.

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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.

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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

Richard

 

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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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