2018 Review

This year started off very hard, with the passing of my mum just before Christmas 2017.  We then visited my dad in Wales a number of times over the following months.  Oh and don’t forget ‘The Beast from the East’ and a load of snow.


It put pay to a slow start in March and the incredibly hot Summer my start on the airfield lake was very slow and hard going.


This continued through the summer and in the end, I was catching fish, however, they were mostly all around the 10lb mark.  I only managed to scrape a couple of low twenties from there.  I know you can’t pick which carp pick your bait up (unless you are floater fishing) but it was getting silly by the end.  I wasn’t the only one having this issue, as the lake is mostly very shallow, I don’t think the carp like the hot water temperatures for all that time.  They just took sanctuary under the trees which in general are in the out of bounds areas.  We shall see next season!


In these conditions, I gave up earlier than normal and headed over to Meadow Lake.  This is when my year turned around for me.  Right from the start in the form of a new PB Common & Mirror and some other stunning 30+ carp.


This all goes to show that if you work hard and don’t lose faith in your ability to catch, the results shine through.


Spotted Fin is going from strength to strength and produce a pukka hook bait – Squid & Pepper.  I was lucky to be part of the testing and it certainly produced some great fish over the months and still is late into December.  It will be very interesting to see how it competes with the mighty Catalyst over the winter months.  Overall, I have done very well with my consistency of catching and once I changed the lake, the bigger fish arrived.  My year was pretty good all round.  In the end, I did fish less than normal due to family stuff this year but that was to be expected really and next year may be a bit of the same until my dad moves closer to the family.  These things take time and are all part of the every day fisherman’s life on and off the bank.


I have received some amazing news just before the Christmas break from Pele at Spotted Fin.  I am now part of the consultancy team, which is truly amazing and I can’t wait until 2019, to get stuck into some new product testing.

Until next year

Happy New Year


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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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