Hopes and Dreams for 2019

After the ups and downs of last year – after the start I had, who could have predicted I would end up with 2 PB carp.  I am not really sure what to aim for next year.


So I think I will aim for just one target and its always been there and that’s a forty+ out of the Airfield lake.  This is where my heart is with fishing every year, searching for that unknown carp, that I am sure I’ve seen.  Normally, over 300 yards away, happily playing in the out of bounds area!


Not sure where I will go with the river.  It’s been put on the back burner for the time being, it’s as a place to run and hide if the lake Syndicate goes pear-shaped.  Things never stay the same forever, I do love the river.  But things are still drawing me in that direction, there no real reason to give up until I feel that my time is up.


I am not even sure if I will get round to any pike fishing over the coming 2 months of winter but you never know what’s around the corner.

Happy New Year and good luck for 2019


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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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2 Responses to Hopes and Dreams for 2019

  1. HNY to you and your family Richard.
    My targets for 2019:
    a) to get bank bankside,
    b) to simply enjoy myself
    and if a) and b) come together
    c) is how many different venues can I catch tench from, to be followed by
    d) how many different baits can I catch chub on!

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