Looking Back Over 2019 Part 10 of 10

Looking Back Over 2019 Part 10 of 10

I’ve decided to look back over 2019 as part of my Podcast series and will feature multiple trip in one long podcast, from pike to carp fishing and easy lakes, to the big water I love to fish so much.

Trip 91 Carp Fishing – 2019


Location – School Lake

Hours Fished – 4hrs

Since I was last here, there has been an incredible amount of rain; the inlet and outlet are working overtime.  The lake it’s probably come up 6 to 8 inches, which is going to make it hard going again and I will be happy with one fish again.  I do have the pick of the lake, with the exception of the inlet end where there is another angler set up.   After my struggle last time to get a bite and seeing a lot around the island (where someone was fishing), the island felt my best option and gave me a good view of the lake.  If I felt the need for a move – there is sunshine forecast, which may well help me as I’m also at the back of the wind.

I have baited up a bit, in the hope that if a group of Carp came along, I will be able to hold them.

I just had my first take and lost it, which is a real shame.  However, a good sign of feeding Carp and the possibility of a few more (fingers crossed).

Just before noon, the right-hand rod was off, this one didn’t drop off and a small Common was in the net.


Glad about that, with another mesh bag made up and flicked out to the island margins.  With a bit of brightness in the sky, it was time for a coffee and a bite to eat.

I very nearly moved, but at the same time, a nice fish rolled by the island.  I stayed until 1430, but with no more action, it was time for a wet pack up.

This is DEFINATELY the last trip before Christmas!  I will no doubt be posted after then, so hope you all had a great time and if I don’t manage another trip before the new year. Have a great time.

Until next year

I very much hope you have enjoyed this series of podcast, looking back over 2019 session.

Until then Richard







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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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