I love searching for the unknown carp, it has held me captive on the carp fishing side of fishing ever since I really started fishing. Over the year’s, I have fished lakes with the known named carp and enjoyed the challenge. However, there is no feeling like looking for the unknown carp on really unknown lakes. I haven’t fished as many as I would have liked, in the past 20 years after moving down South. After being told of the Syndicate where I am currently a member of some years back, it has rekindled my love for this type of carp fishing.
I had spent 5 years on the river before that, which was great fun and I think started me back in this direction. I had access to the river with my current Syndicate and the Airfield Lake. This is the part which draws most of my attention – and me away from the odd effort on the river. The real issue is that the lake is only open 6 months of the year. This gives the carp 6 months on natural food each year and you have to tackle this at the beginning of each new season. This is another great challenge. It was originally a fish farm for many years. it then closed down, netted and a few fish walked over the road to another lake (maybe)! There have also been a few fish moving in, so we don’t know really what is in there. We all spot the big carp every now and then, annoyingly in the out of bounds area. This keeps the spark alive and me going back each year. Hopefully, for many years to come.
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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.
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