Trip 52 Carp Fishing – 2021

I’ve decided to have a go on another one of my local club lake waters this winter. I will do this when I get the chance to do day sessions, this chance will increase as my gardening work fades away over the winter.

Looking towards the Dam

I’ve never fished it, even when I was originally a member in 1997 after my move down south. It has matured very nicely. I’ve no idea of the fish stock, other than one photograph of a lovely looking 20+, it’s not the club’s premier lake or a runs water, like the School Lake. The carp have been here for many years, so you just never know! It’s also a bit wild and overgrown with fallen trees.

Fallen trees

This is very much the sort of water I love fishing .

Dam end

After a good walk around, I came to the dam end, I wish I’d started my walk from here. There was fizzing all over and much to my amazement a couple of carp hanging around. This just had to be my starting point. With a white & pink 12mm Catalyst pop up and a couple of small bags, with Catalyst pellets in, I was sorted – as long as it didn’t rain. The wind was push hard down this end and I wanted to stay hidden behind the reeds.

Around 1130 and will no action it was time for another walk about the lake. It’s a bit like a jungle in some places.

Snag heaven and could be a bit of a holding area. It’s only about 2.5ft deep in places, but we all know what carp are like on the colder months.

The only signs of carp where in the same corner, but this time I approached it from a different angle and sat much further away. I opted for a few handfuls of pellets and single hook baits.

Despite my best effort, it turned out to be a blank today, but an enjoyable few hours out on the bank. There was no disturbance and I had the lake to myself, this is all that’s needed sometimes.

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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