Over the years I have fished many lake and over the next few months I will be adding to this list with my favourite venue’s over the last 35 year’s of my fishing exploits.

Some of the photo’s I am sure will make you laugh. I am planning on starting from the beginning to the most resent.

Richard Handel Fishing

(1) Barham Pits ( Claydon – Suffolk)

I cut my teeth on this water back in 1981, where there was only a had full of fish. the lake was just the perfect carp water, very big and very low stocking.


old style set up 


My first carp from the lake 18lb+

(2) Weybread pits ( Nr Harleston – Norfolk)

This was my second complex of lakes that I learnt a lot form, form small water to large open ocean pit.


Old style set up, no brolly unless it rained


A nice Bottle pit 20lb


A mid double from hales pit


Winter  on Weybread

(3) Nutsey lake ( Southampton – Hampshire)

In it’s time this was a fanatic little water, owned by a club.

These fish are truly stunning, wish I had more photo’s

(4) Ivy, Vinnetrow’s, Runcton, Ivy ( Chichester – Sussex)

This group of lakes hold some truly amazing fish, unfortunately they have a habit of moving lake’s, which can be a bit off putting, however well worth the effort.


 Ivy Lake


              Old photo of Runcton


(5) Sinnah Warren ( Hayling Island) – Sussex

This lake was so full of feature it was amazing and the fish where stunning to. I enjoyed my time on here and had a few good fish, however you just have to move on sometime. May go back there one day.



(6) Brownwich Lake ( Nr Southampton) – Hampshire

This was & still is a very in-termite lake with every swim producing fish, its very hidden away in Hampshire and off the beaten track, with some stunning fish in.

(7) The Heath Lake ( Petersfield ) – Hampshire

This lake is situated in the middle of Petersfield in Hampshire and is also a boating lake, which add to the fun of fishing. It once held carp to over 40lb Unfortunately this is not the case any more, but hopefully the lake we regain, the big fishing in the future and had plenty of 20lb+ carp and a few 30lb+ carp in my time on this lake and a lots of laughs.


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(8) Rockford Lake (Nr Ringwood) – Hampshire

Now this was an amazing lake and I loved it a great deal, until I finally got fed up with the style of angling on there. The swim hogger s, you could build an area up, but once the fish where on it, so where they and a just could not compete with that style of angling.



I even tried fishing though the winter twice in an effort to avoid the other anglers.


which was very hard work. and for all that I managed to DROP a fish at the net.


(9) Peewit Lake (Winchester) – Hampshire

This lake is a closely keep secret in the heart of Winchester, with some truly stunning fish, unfortunately I never managed any of the big ones, only up to 29lb. its run by a club which has it down fails with trying to fish there. In the end I just gave up.



And had some stunning swims and then one day the chopped it all down.


it was never quit the same after that, it did grow back and the fish never noticed, however I did.

Hampsire Carp Fishing

(10) The Reservoir (Nr Southampton) – Hampshire

My currant venue –

(11) The Airfield lake –  Hampshire

My currant venue –

(12) Meadow Lake – Hampshire

My currant venue –


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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