Trip 28 Carp Fishing – 2021

With all my gardening jobs done for the day and it was only 11 am, so it just had to be worth another go on the School Lake. I arrived just before noon and wasn’t surprised to find 8 or 9 cars in the car park. If I could get in the same swim as yesterday, without any one near me, I felt I’d be in with a chance of a bite.

My options after that would be very limited. But with any luck, a few anglers may head home mid afternoon.

My tactics are exactly the same as yesterday; a 12 mm Pink Catalyst pop up with a bag filled with Catalyst pellets, soaked in food dip.

Much to my dismay after 3 hours and not a bleep. I figured that I had no choice but to move and my only option were The Island Swims and hopefully pick up a fish cruising around. I think I’m going to start calling this the curiosities of Fridays. I don’t believe I’ve caught one, when I’ve ventured out recently on a Friday. It could be simply down to the number of anglers on the bank and the pressure the lake is under just before the weekend.

I very nearly moved again. I’d not seen anything for sometime and everything was packed away, other than the rods on the floor. A fish crashed about 8 foot (along the side of the island) away from my bait and without any other real signs to go on, my best option was to hang on here until my time is up.

I’ve been looking ahead to my next session and the weather is absolutely brilliant. The problem I have is that the conditions are so brilliant, I know exactly where to go on the Airfield lake. I also know I should be on my new syndicate water. I’m really going to have to put some thought into this over the weekend. This is the trouble of having 2 lakes to fish; one you know very well and the other you are just getting the feel of things.

Today was a blank, which certainty was a surprise, but we have to learn from theses things.

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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