Trip 16 Carp Fishing – 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5rs

With a gap between the storms, the next few days are looking quite nice.  I even caught up on my gardening jobs!  This is helpful and will give me a few more days free before Spring kicks in.

I’m out on the school lake today.  It was a very hard frost last night and now a fresh breeze running down the lake.  After looking for signs of carp and there being none; I’ve hopefully set myself up in a swim which has produced me fish before and I also get a reasonable view of the lake.  I can move on quickly if or when I spot any signs of carp. There is another angler up by the island so that rules that spot out, we shall just have to keep my eyes open and fingers crossed today, I think.


All I’ve done is put two bags on, filled with Catalyst pellets and I’m fishing a 12mm CC pop up.  There is a small scattering of broken boilies over each of the bags, once I’ve dropped them in the margins.

With no action by noon, I just had to move on a bit further up the bank and see how things go.  It’s certainly hard going at the moment, but lovely and warm in the sunshine still, which is definitely a bonus.


After spotting a showing carp, I was off down further along and quickly flicked the rods out.  Within 10 minutes, I had what I thought was a take, but it was just a heavy liner and that was that – time for 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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