Trip 21 Carp Fishing – 2020

Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 5 hours

With Spring here, Monday will become my only free day for fishing (with the odd Friday).

When I arrived this morning, there were two other guys set up, so I thought it would be best to head for the island area as a starting point.  I would watch and listen for any signs of carp.  This has been a slow process here during February and it is normally mid-morning before they poke their heads out and give away their locations, if at all some days.

I’m very confident with the spots I’ve picked today and if I end up sitting here all day, I should pick up a bite.

I’ve adjusted the left-hand rod, to along the margins to my left and in front of another swim where I’ve had a few pickups before.  It’s 11.30 now and I’ve not seen or heard anything, the conditions are pretty favorable I will have to see.

Around noontime. I was pacing about wondering whether to move or not.  I just didn’t feel right here, but there was just nowhere better, so I settled on staying in this swim.  I’m glad I did, just before 13.00, the left rod was away, which was the one I had repositioned and I was into a very hard fighting carp.  It felt bigger than the average-sized ones I normally get.  Once I had got it around an overhanging bramble bush, it was sticking to the bottom, I finally had my first glimpse and was hopeful it may make the 20 lb mark, but I wasn’t sure when it rolled into the net.

18lb 2oz Mirror

It was close and still very happy with that result on such a hard period on the lake at the moment.  Hopefully, the warmer and longer daylight hours will get them to move, as I’ve still not seen a thing.



With only 20 minutes to go, I started tidying things away, I was surprised that the island hadn’t produced a run.  I’m going to have to put a bit of thoughtfulness into tomorrow’s session and hope there aren’t so many anglers when I arrive.

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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