Trip 11 Carp Fishing- 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours – 4 Hrs

With my 2 day job completed by 11am on Tuesday, I quickly popped home and swapped gardening stuff for the Carp tackle, this is the simplest to organize and I soon pitched up at the lake.  I was also very interested to see the completed work on the lake and if it was possible to fish a certain area from the opposite bank, where  I normally do.  This would be nice, as it will now just involve an underarm cast as the trees have been removed.  The Carp will not be bothered, my only concern is the possibility of new underwater snags, but the maintenance team is pretty good.

I looked up and down that bank for a bit before I settled on a swim and then moved down one more!


I had quickly grabbed a bucket of the Catalyst expanding pellets and my trusty PPS/CC 12mm pop-ups.  I was going to be dropping large bags of the expanding pellets out with a scattering of 8mm normal Catalyst pellets.

I may move but it would be interesting to sit this one out in the same spot, just out of interest.


I’m down to the last 20 minutes before pack up time and the conditions have gone from sunny to rain and back again.  The wind it’s Baltic when the sun isn’t about and my plan looks like its heading for blank, but there is always a chance until the rods are packed away.

With the heavens opening up on me again, I was soon packing up and heading for the car.

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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