Keep on keeping on!

Some more fishing ramblings and insight into my passion.

Over the years, people have asked “How I keep on going each week for a couple of nights, in rain, snow or shine.

I’ve thought about this a lot over these winter months. It’s been particularly hard going this year on the catching front, the weather has been particularly bleak and cold at times. When it is like this, my feet suffer, and is one of the big reasons I do short days when the weather is too cold. I prefer night fishing over short day sessions because I find they help more with my depression and the more I’m outdoors the more I feel at home. I could probably live in the wilderness, as just being on the bank is the thing that draws me out each week and the fishing is secondary.

It’s not always been like that, I was obsessed with captures for many years, and those target carp and catch more each year and break my PBs.

I remember the day it changed, I just couldn’t take any more of the bucket brigade and the selfishness of anglers towards each other. It had been building for some time, and I’m sure there were other reasons. I never particularly like setting up across the lake from someone or even in their line of sight. This is where being alone and out there with the wildlife around me comes from. I loved the time I spent fishing on a syndicate on the Hampshire Avon, simply because in the 5 years or more I was a member, I probably only spotted a handful of other people fishing. You were just left to your own devices and the tranquility of the valley and the river.

When I found my current syndicate, I first wasn’t keen on Meadow Lake. It was your typical carp lake, I’d fished it a few times in the past, but I just never fell in love with the water. This is something non-fishing people will clearly never understand. It’s something to do with nature and the scenery, I love walking up mountains and the landscape of Scotland, Wales, and The Lake District, but not the tourist-type places. Can you see a pattern forming here?

My obsession side of fishing was under control. I realized that just being out there was all I needed. Don’t get me wrong, catching carp is an integral part of it, but I understand more that it’s all about the joy of the captures, in conjunction with being out amongst the wildlife and watching the seasons coming and going.

I’ve recently started to be more social with my current syndicate, which I’ve been a member of for the past 8 years. This is where I currently write about being the Airfield Lake and Meadow Lake, the people on this syndicate are a great bunch of lads, are very friendly, respectful to each other, and are happy to help each other catch carp. They are all like-minded people with the same views as me.

I try as hard as the next person to catch carp each time I’m out on the bank and avoid getting obsessed with it, too much. I know that sometimes, I need to get down there and into a particular area or swim and then I get a bit obsessed again. But I’m not sure if it’s more about my drive to catch carp, I don’t get wrapped up at that moment to catch at all costs scenario. I think that’s more an age thing, I’ve realized that I’m a bit slower and simply prefer to fish open water or nearby snags rather than in them, fishing all locked up. I just don’t find that enjoyable anymore.

I hope this article has helped you understand how I keep on going over all these years of fishing and understand that it’s not actually all about the carp. However, I’ve realized that my favorite species is most certainly carp. I’ve switched between other species over the years, and I just can’t keep away from them. It must be partly to do with them, the never-ending changing ways of fishing, the constant development of products and technology improvements since I started carp fishing back in 1981

Until my next ramblings






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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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