Trip 30 Carp Fishing – 2022

With a few hours to spare, I was off down the School Lake, only to find it was closed due to spawning. I’d been waiting for this to happen at some point. I had a couple of options that were close by, but with only smaller carp, and only 3 hours’ worth of fishing time – I was soon out of the car park. I had passed one lake on the way here with two cars in it, but it was worth checking the other lake, which was a bigger lake. The downside of this was that they only had small carp in it – up to 15lbers (if I was incredibly lucky).

First swim

On the third lake, I looked at the first swim and it was perfect. So, I headed for the dam wall end of the lake, hoping not to find the only other angler whose car was in the car park, he was halfway along the far bank and far way away from me.


I only had 20mm boilies with me, I was going to crush and put them in the margins. I set up in the middle of the dam wall first and intended to move along it to the most productive side. I simply dropped a bait in each corner, a few broken boilies and even before I had the chance to set up my chair, the right-hand rod was away.

Small but pretty

Stunning Mirror, but a bit small, maybe I need to sort out my feeder kit if I intend to get out again on Thursday (the wife is away this week). I lost a couple over the next hours, probably due to the large hook size I was stuck with, the other option would’ve been to stay at home, but that clearly wasn’t going to happen. I may well come back down over the winter months better prepared.

These barbless hooks are doing my head in. I suppose I’m just not used to playing fish like that, one drop in pressure on the line and they are gone – practice makes perfect.

Tiny Mirror
Corner Spot
Just off the platform

I finally managed to get another one and was pleased with 5 takes, two landed in just a couple of hours.

Sometimes anglers forget that it’s all a bit of pleasure sometimes and the enjoyment of sitting on the bank and just catching carp.

Until next time




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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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