Trip 11 Carp Fishing – 2021

I’m out for another day on the School Lake, unfortunately, there are 4 others fishing today and this will certainly make moving about fun.  I’ve come up by the island as it’s my only real option at the moment.  I will be fishing it a lot differently than yesterday as I’m trying to find the bigger carp, they must be on the move.  I have positioned one bait off the side of the island on the drop-off, not far from where the carp where yesterday, it’s further along the island away from the snags.  The other rod is along the left margin and in front of the outlet.  I’m using a bag with crushed Classic Corn boilies and 12 mm pops on both rods.

10.30 and the right rod was away with a not very happy School Lake Common on the other end.  It fought like a wild carp, shooting all over the place but I finally had it in the net.

No monster, but very well received in these trying times.

The rod was soon back on the spot and hopefully not too long until the next bite.

11.15 and the left-hand rod was away, with what felt like a better fish this time.  You could certainly tell from the fight.

Lovely looking mirror carp and just over the 10lb mark.  It’s going to come as a shock when I get back onto my syndicate waters and hook into a 30+.  I will probably be completely overwhelmed with the fight and the size.

I made up another bag, dropped it down the margins again, sat back to write my blog, and have a brew.

Note to self ‘must try Zigs’, as in the last 2 hours I’ve had two heavy liners, where a carp had swum into the line.  I’ve seen the fish and they are not a pike.  This can happen at this time of the year, when the fish start to spawn, not 100% confident will zig but worth bringing the kit next time.

I’ve moved the bait from the side of the island into the deeper water and attached a bag.  You never know, there could be other fish lower down in the water and there could be a chance of a pickup.  It’s got to be worth a try over the next few hours and if I see signs back near the island, I’ll move it back there later on this afternoon.

At 2pm, I moved the right-hand rod back to by the island, as there were clearly carp moving about over there again and with a chance of sunshine, it should be a good shout for a bite later on this afternoon

With only an hour left to go and the sun on my back, it’s certainly starting to feel a lot more like Spring in the last few days and hopefully a sign of things to come.  You can still get the odd glitch in the system, but it can only get warmer.  There’s no going back into Winter once Spring has arrived.  March is one of my favorite months as nature starts coming to life, slowly but surely the place will become green again.

With no more joy, it was soon time to head home.

Until next time

Stay safe










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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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