The Specimen Angler 

After a friend of mine caught a PB perch and was feeling that buzz.  This reminded me of when I had my PB Chub, the buzz of that moment was amazing.  I was just desperate to tell people.  This made me think, you don’t get many specimen anglers anymore.  I had mentioned this to a couple of mates of mine late last year.  Obviously, a few other people have also been thinking this, as low and behold on a number of social media platforms there are a few people out there doing this.  Therefore, in the coming years, we may well see a drift back to carp angling roots and the hunt for our own specimen fish.

I think this will be good for the industry as a whole and bring more anglers to the bank.  Now, I am sure some of you will not like this but you have to look at it as a trade off.  The greater the number of angler – the bigger the industry will grow.  It will not reduce itself or stagnate.  This must be also good for the anglers themselves, as I was once completely put off lake fishing by arrogant carp anglers.  I also think it will be good for fisheries, as they will become more diverse, which again is good on a nature point of view.  There will be more of a power behind the industry and maybe a chance to take action on matters which need to be resolved before ‘our dear fluffy friend’, the otter destroys it all.

I may have gone a bit off course here a bit.  It’s good to see that all species of fish are fished for and that people are not stuck in the past anymore.  I must say from a personal point of view I do find it hard to pull myself away from carp.  This year, I am going to change that (I hope), well at least try.

Until next time


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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