A catch of memories

*** A catch of memories *** 🎣🐟😘
This fish isn’t so important because of its weight (it was verified 25.3 btw) or for who caught it first. It is an important fish though because it is so named, Sam’s Fish.
The late Andy Kendall was a long time carp angler at Alders Farm Fishery and one of his last wishes was the stocking of 5 prestigious fish to 30lb to be put into Oak Lake and named after family and a close friend and peg 1 was so named Andy’s corner. This all happened last year.
‘Sam’s Fish’ hadn’t been on the bank yet, until this weekend, when it was finally caught for the first time, albeit missing a bit of its tail.
We are pretty sure Andy was having a wee smile to himself when the net slipped under this lovely fish and he would of been as happy as we were to be there to capture the moment.
So here is Sam’s fish for all to see. In memory of Andy Kendall.
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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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