School Lake time comes around sooner than expected, it’s a bit fresh and frosty today. There is some tree work going on down the other end.
It’s the island for me to start with today. I’ve chucked out a bit of pellet around the island and then in a few swims down to my right, this is so I can keep an eye out for any carpy signs.
It all kicked off about 9.30 with three takes in quick succession; two to the right-hand rod and one to the middle. It was a bit hectic for about an hour and I even checked the left-hand rod, I was sure the tip had knocked at one point.
At this point, I still hadn’t had any coffee or any breakfast I bring along. I was still watching the swims I had baited up, you always need to be aware of wants going on.
I had no more action. I had every intention of moving if I spotted anything but I started listening to the Thinking Tackle podcast and realized it was 1.15 and I wanted to be gone by 2 pm. I had a bit of kit to sort out for my next syndicate trip.
Oh well, three carp. I can’t complain about that.
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.