Why The Green Eyed Monster?


This part of fishing has bugged me for oh so many years.  I don’t understand, why it’s not possible to be happy with our fellow angler’s, when they catch a fish?  At the end of the day, we are all on the bank to achieve one thing and that’s to get the fish on the bank.  Also a PB every so often would be nice.  So why do people get jealous of each other’s achievements?  We should all be on the same side and learn from each other every time someone lands a fish, regardless of its type.  Something can always be learnt from this and used by yourself for future reference.  Why do anglers feel the need to lie and back stab each other to get their fellow angler removed from a club?  Just because they have caught a load of fish is a complete mystery to me.  In most cases, the person would move on in time to another venue.  So why not learn from these people?  You can help yourself to the information they can prove before they move on.  You could be the person catching all the fish.  People just push them away and carry on wondering why they can’t catch until the next person comes along and does the same as the previous angler.  They will repeat the same thing over again.  Observation and information is a very important part of any type of fishing and should be regarded as priceless, the more knowledge we get, the better we get at our chosen sport/hobby.

So, next time you see another angler catch a fish, go and say well done and he/she may just pass on some virtual information which could well help you catch your next PB.

Regards 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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