Trip 56 Carp Fishing – 2020


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 6 Hours

After my failure the other day I was back out on the School Lake but I was armed with completely different tactics.  The forecast was showing chances of showers during the day.

I arrived a bit later than planned; due to the forgetting my barrow wheel.  As I’m a lot more mobile on here (because of the way I fish), I just had to go home and collect it.  When I arrived back, there was no one on the lake, I was sure there would be as its Friday.  The carp where definitely more awake than when I arrived the first time and it was hard to choose the right area, I could easily get it wrong.  I picked an area which gave me a good view of the lake, this always helps with this type of mobile fishing.  There was a lot more rain about than I expected, maybe that will help.

For the last few hours, my back up option is to head for the back of the island where I spotted a nice fish the other day.  I need to be back home by 3pm or just after, which will give me a few hours.


Just before 11am, I moved on to my second swim and I believe I spooked the carp out on my second rod cast.  It clipped a bush and landed with a bigger plop than normal.  Not long after that, a carp stuck its head out and then crashed out twice more as it headed down the lake.  Don’t you just love it when this happens!  I’ll give it an hour and hopefully another one will move in and feed.

I am now on my third swim of the day and its certainly turning out to be another hard trip out.  After today I’m not sure when I will be back on here, but I hope things improve.

I’ve just under 3 hrs left and I took the decision to move again.  I feel that the island will give me my best opportunity and if I get the baits out with not too much disturbance, I just need to sit back and be patient.  Hopefully, the carp will move around the island and find my baits; I’ve got one very close to the bank and in the shallower water, the other is at the bottom of the margin shelf.  This will give me two variations as to where the carp may feed.


The rain has come back and I’m glad that I’m quite sheltered now.


With a few liners over the next few hours I was feeling confident, right up to my rods being on the floor!  The carp were clearly there, just not having any of my bait.  Next time, I’ll bring a few colour options to try on them.  Maybe they’ve moved on from pink & yellow – you can’t stand still even on club waters.  The carp will adapt and you have to do the same.

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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