School Lake

This is a very idyllic lake which has been here since the Nightingale Family took over the estate and grounds in 1825.  It’s now owned by the club and maintained very well.  There are a good head of carp, to what size I’m not 100% sure, but certainly over 25 lb.  This will do me for the Winter.


A large proportion of the lake is covered in lilly beds, an island at the far end and plenty of open water too.  This certainly gives you plenty of options.  There is no great variance of water depth; 4 to 5 feet with a small area which drops to 6 feet.  The normal shallower areas are by the inlet and margins, the abundance of lily pads makes them the most popular feature along with the island, but open water has produced.


I first fished on here when I moved from Suffolk to Hampshire in 1996.  The lake has remained the same for a long while, other then the odd swim maintenance, the club has left the lake to mature beautifully


It’s the Winter days that I’m interested in and certainly have enjoyed some fishing action during this time, it’s good to break up the long hard nights on the syndicate lake.  I never really have targets in fishing anymore, as that became an un-enjoyable part of fishing for me, but a 20+ carp by the end of Winter would be nice.

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There are a few in here and up to 27 lb I believe, but we shall see and some point the Perch fishing will take over.







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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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