12 Important Steps For An Easy Fishing Life

Some years ago, when I was working long hours and needed to make sure that every trip fishing counted, I put together a number of steps together to make my life easier going fishing.  In ensured I was not just going through the motions.  I am sure that at some point I was this and it affected my catch results.

1. I always keep my kit organized and ready to go.  Make sure you are topped up with any important item replaced or topped up.  I do this as soon as I get home from my last trip before it all gets packed away in the cupboard.

2. I have found that doing the bait a few days before, will help you be confident that it’s all perfect and it can then be kept in the fridge or freezer until you need it.

3. Make your rigs at home.  You can then make sure they are to your standard.  This is so much easier than trying to do this on the bank.  This way, there is no need for all that extra rig kit on the bank.

4. Take the minimal about of kit you need e.g rig boards, a few leads (there is no need for more than 10 leads).  I use a small tackle box with enough rig bits for 10 rigs.

5. On my journey to the lake, always zone out of work and into fishing.

6.  Check the weather beforehand.  You can start to build up a picture of where the carp may be and swim option.  Don’t get to carried away with the swim options, as this is never a good thing, you will never decide.

7. I always load and unload the car in the same way (I even store my tackle in the same way and also set up like this), this will form a pattern which then becomes normal and will help you.

8. When I am fishing, I write a list of things that need topping up or replaced.

9. It’s very important not to rush, take your time and get into a routine when baiting up.

A. Always have sharp hooks

B. Check rig presentation in the lake

C. Pop up/Wafter check

D. Run the line through your hands to check for any abrasions or nicks in the line

10. My bivvy/brolly is laid out the same way each time.  You will always know where everything is every time, day or night.

Doing this will help you through the winter months when you need to set up and pack up in the dark.

11. Every so often, sort your tackle bag out, overtime stuff slips back into your tackle bag and you find yourself taking more than you need.

12. If possible, have separate bags for bits of kit, so if you are only doing a day, you can remove your brew kit or cooking kit and torch etc.

These things are very simple, however, they will help you and make fishing much easier and you will enjoy it a lot more.

Hope this helps


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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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5 Responses to 12 Important Steps For An Easy Fishing Life

  1. Jenny Galvin says:

    Hi Richard, we love the blogs, you’ve become a bit of a hero to my fishing mad son josh who is always so excited when a new blog appears. Josh would like some advice on how to become a professional carp angler, what qualifications does he need, if any? I keep telling him it won’t just be fishing all day, you must do trade shows, meet and greets, filming, lots of admin keeping up with the social media, being paid to travel to different lakes to fish etc He thinks you’ve got the best job in the world! Any thing to point him in the right direction will help me and his dad to hush him up!!
    Cheers Jenny Galvin xx


    • Hi Jenny & Josh, thank you very much for your kind words and a probably do have the best job in the world, it been a hard long journey and no that easy. It’s been made much easier with social media and that is the key, you need to be a good angler consistently catching fish, not always big fish mind you, just catching and then you need to plaster it all over social media. I found that having my own website & YouTube channel is a great help and after a few years you can then approach bait & tackle Company, some my well approach you. But the most important part is enjoy your fishing and write about you love for it and the rest will follow. Hope this helps Richard


    • P.s happy to help, if you need any advise.


  2. Jenny Galvin says:

    Thanks Richard! Josh is over the moon that you have taken the time to reply, Matt Hayes never bothered! He has just re named his action man Richard Handel and he sits him next to our garden pond with chop sticks for fishing rods!!! He really is your number one fan. He wants to know if you are at any of the big fishing trade fairs with spotted fin this year? it would make his day to see you in person.
    Cheers Jenny xx


    • Hi Jenny & Josh, I probably will be next year, but not a 100% sure yet and most likely be the Big One at Farnborough. It’s good to see young people getting into s hobbie/sport in this day and age. Happy to help any time. Kind regards Richard


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