New Syndicate Part 1

This year, I’ve joined a new syndicate after waiting for some 5 year’s on the waiting list.  I took part in a induction day a few weeks back which included a walk around the complex with the owner.

I was a member here once before, about 20 year’s back, but only did 3 nights in total over the winter months.

This time is going to be a different.  The place is run completely different and the members are similar minded people.  Which is all about the pleasure of being on the bank and escaping the rat race.  It’s us against the carp and not each other.

When I walked around, I took the opportunity to photograph a few of the swims and start mapping out the lake.  I like to build up a picture of the place, my aim as always will be to fish as many different swims as possible over the first year, to get an understand of the water.

They have had the place mapped with a Sonar and has been made available to everyone, so alongside my Deeper mapping this will help me along the way.

The lake is full of stunning carp and gin clear waters, they are packed with features and very heavy with weed.

My original plan was to fish 2 night’s after the induction which was set for the 3nd Jan, this clearly never happened.  I intend to fish January, February and investigate as much of the lake as possible.  However, with lockdown 3 it wasn’t going to be that straight forward anymore and I would have to wait a bit longer.

I’m hoping to get out in one of the many boats available to the members and get a better understanding of the layout.

I will still be doing my blogs each trip, but planning on putting a monthly summary up of my discoveries as I go along my journey.

Until next time


About richardhandel

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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