Trip 7 Pike Fishing – 2018

I am out today on the Hampshire Avon and it’s a perfect winters morning.  Hopefully, I may just bag a pike or two.  The river is well high and it’s making things a bit difficult, but there is always a way around it.

I’m planning on giving it about 45 minutes in each spot today.  We shall see where we go from there.

Both rods are baited with mackerel at the moment, I may change one over to herring later.

My second spot of the day.  There is a lot more slack water here, so you never know.  I have seen another angler parked up and headed down river.  Not sure what he’s after, as I could only just see him cross the fields.  I may head down that way later on.

After a few more spots, I ended up in my final one and still hoping for a bite.  The wind has freshened up some what and it was pretty cold (unless you could find a nice sheltered area).

A spot just like this!

I’ve had pike from here before, can’t wait to get my Deeper pro on the river.  I have so little time on my day trips, it will reduce the amount of time I spend in a area.  This will enable me to move on to other spots looking for the pike.

That was a surprise, I was hoping for at least one Jack or something. Oh well.

Until Next Time



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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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