Trip No 98 Barbel Fishing (2016)

With September fast approaching and my annual two weeks away.  It struck me this week, I had been neglecting the river somewhat.

My time is also limited to nights during the school holiday’s. I asked the wife, if I could go out Saturday afternoon and evening and here I am.

After a good stomp around for an hour or two and no real signs of fish.  The cloud had broken not long after I arrived and a nice sunny afternoon was looming.  I settled down to a nice sweeping bead in the river, which looked quite inviting.  I would be using two rod’s both on Catalyst boilies, with mesh bag’s filled with broken boilies and pellets.  These had been soaking in Salmon Oil for the past 3 days and I would be firing out more bait as the evening progressed.

Unfortunately, with the afternoon and early evening turning very hot and sunny, I felt my only option would be staying late.  But due to family commitments the next day, I felt it was best head home after another walk round the river.

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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