2017 Review

Well, this year has been pretty good to me (well, mostly).  I had plenty of good carp early on in the season.  The pike, on the other hand, have been very elusive this year with only a handful at the beginning of the year and the same at the end.

On the carp side of things, I ended up with 20 x 20’s and 4 x 30’s, which is good going for me.






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There have been some great new products from Spotted Fin and have had some great successes on them this year.






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I have also managed to capture some amazing photographs.  These two are just the ‘dogs’.

On a personal note, early in December, I had the sad news my mum past away but life has to go on.  I have two children to keep me on my toes and a caring wife to keep the Christmas spirit rolling.

I hope you have enjoyed my fishing adventure this year and I hope yours where as fruitful as mine.

Roll on 2018 and Happy New Year folk’s


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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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