2016 Review


It’s been a hard year for me fishing – until I found a new bait company who would support me in my fishing and not change the ingredients or the make up of their bait without telling anyone.  This was a complete waste of my Spring time fishing and a real let down.  I am happy to say that I couldn’t be happier where I am now and safely in the hands of Pele from Spotted Fin.  He has given me the opportunity to get involved much more with the testing side of products, I am a firm believer that quality matters – bait, ingredients and attraction products are the key to a successful time fishing.

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As the year progressed, my confidence that I had lost at the beginning of the year faded away.  I have had yet another great year looking after the kids (as a house husband) and a fair few trips away – Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the lake district.  My 9 year old made it up Skiddaw Fell and back on 4 hour’s, pretty good going I would say.

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And with the summer holidays over, I headed back to my fishing.  For some reason or another the lakes I fish were not playing ball this year.  We were all struggling to get into the bigger fish and Winter was all too quickly upon us again (must be my age!).

With the temperature was going from -5 to +10 at night every couple of weeks.  The weather was so up and down some much, one week I would be Pike fishing on a bright frosty morning and the next morning Carp fishing (and back using my summer sleeping bag the next!).

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This certainly put another spanner in the works for this year.  All said and done, it was a great year with some lovely fish landed.

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This being my favourite, by far.

I also started up a small local gardening business, as you can’t go fishing and do the house work all the time (according to my wife any how).  This has been going very well and interrupted a few weeks fishing, but money does buy more bait and tackle.

I have been Pike fishing at the start of 2016, the river was in flood up until late March.  I was pushed on to the lake, where I could only manage to catch low doubles and Jacks.  I have not really been this Winter yet.

My end to the year on the pike fishing front was rubbish, just one fish lost.

The carp front was getting better and I managed 3 fish in December.

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This one being the best of the lot, but I was happy as the fishing had been hard work.

 

Until next year

Richard

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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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