Funny Game, This Fishing


Fishing is an amazing past time – it changes you from the normal everyday stressed, rushed, busy person to a relaxed and chilled out human.

I can’t stand in queues if they are too long, I will just walk away.  Even if I really need something, I just can’t stand waiting about but put me behind a rod and I can wait – hours, weeks, a month for a fish.

We just all sit and watch the world go by without thinking of anything else.  The stress relief from relaxing should be prescribed by doctors and the passion for fishing just can’t communicate with other non-fishing people.  They just don’t see it.  I have tried over the years, there just must be something different about us all.

I do find that if you don’t go that many times each year, the drive just fades out of some people.  For me, I find very odd as I can’t see myself losing that bug.

From watching the line twitch and the float knock.  Your adrenaline is fired up which non-fishing folks just clearly don’t get.

Come rain or shine, we head out feeling the passion driving us forwards.  On a cold wet Winters day, you drive to the shop thinking ‘I don’t want to be out here’, but given the chance to go fishing, you would happily sit under the brolly for hour after hour and not wishing to go home.

I think it’s the combination of all the senses which drives us all forward time after time as well as the peaceful surroundings where we spend hours.  It must take us back to the Stoneage hunter/gather thing to sit patiently after our prey and formulate better ways to capture and outwit them.

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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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