Which Lake Is Harder, That the ?

Which is harder big pits or ponds?  This is the question everyone is always going on about and it’s funny how anglers forget, it’s us against the fish.

I personally believe unless you are fishing a stock pond, all lakes are equal.  I fish a small 4 acre reservoir in the middle of a wood, you can happy fish all day long.  I have witnessed a big behaviour change when they hear a bang or a foot step to close, the fish are put on edge and clearly are fully aware when angler’s are present.  The only way to approach this lake is be as quiet as possible.

I have also fished small boating lakes where model speed boats are raced and swimmers get in there as well.  You could probably have a rave there and the Carp would not bat an eye lid.  It’s all about their conditioning to their environment.  This also applies to big pits, if the fish are conditioned to noise and get fed by the public (well the birds do) and the Carp mop up the leftovers – they will not worry at all.  However, find yourself on a big pit which is peaceful and has no real activities, other than anglers, you in the same boat regardless of size of venue.


This was one of the last original fish remaining a lake which was only 3 acres and the fish certainty knew you were there.

This fish came from a lake next to a main road.  This had boats, people and all sorts going on.

All venues, regardless of size should be tried, not all of the lakes I fish are well know and famous but I still give each lake the respect it deserves.


The above fish was taken, by being very stealth-full, on a very busy lake, which proves even on the most noisest of lakes, the quiet approach helps.




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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