Trip 41 Carp Fishing – 2022

I’m out on the club lake again this week, the weather has been playing havoc with my gardening work, but we do need this rain. A few days’ break from it at the right time would certainly help!

Not wishing to waste another day at home, like yesterday, I organized my day kit again and headed to the School Lake. This time, hoping for a change in fortune from my last trip here, the conditions are so much better and this gives me great confidence today. 

I pitched up near where I was on my last trip, there are only two other cars in the car park. One is the same guy from the other day, he is still on here and I’m not sure where the other guy has pitched.

I’ve been mindful of the fact that other anglers are likely to turn up later, as the rain is forecast to stop. I’ve picked a swim opposite a break in the pads on the far bank, which I have Caterpulted a few 20mm Classic Corn Boilies. I’m fishing a 12mm PPS pop up on one rod, with a 15mm Masala dumbbell wafter on the other. I’m trying to mix things up on here, in an attempt to bag the bigger carp and the last of the big fish I’m after, as I’ve had a few repeat captures now.

My first take was at 10 am to the left-hand rod which had on the big masala wafter. It ploughed through the end of the pads I was near, I held the pressure on and gently walked back towards the fence. The carp was instantly out of them and off to my left after a small set of pads down the lake which were a couple of swims down. I held my ground and the carp turned, after that it was a simple case of playing the fish out under the rod tip.


I didn’t weigh the fish, I estimated it at between 12 and 13 lbs, I was happy with that and soon had the bait on the spot again.

Can’t believe the robins are this friendly so early on in the year, things must be hard for them.

About 12.30 the right-hand rod was away, I was into a very angry smaller common this time, which oddly was more problematic than the last one!

10lb ish

The rain had gone and the sun was out and wow you could feel the difference. I even decided to keep the brolly up for the last hour and a bit. A couple of other anglers were walking around, trying to choose a swim, I think I will hang it out in this spot.

I had a massive drop back on the right rod again, just after 1pm, I finally tightened up to the fish, but it managed to bump the hook out – probably due to the 2oz lead I had no option of using, as I hadn’t got enough with me. I’ve found recently, that the lighter the lead, the greater the chance of them getting the hook out.

With my only 2oz lead in the box, there wasn’t much choice, other than giving it another go, fingers crossed.

With pack-up fast approaching, it’s looking like 3 takes for me today, and I’m very happy that I will be back again at some point over the Autumn months. I’m not exactly sure when, as I have a few things on at the moment and a bit of gardening to catch up on.

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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