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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

Spotted Fin – News


Dont forget to come and see us at the UK shows in 2018.. We will be doing them in style! and we have some very special surprises in store for you..   The Northern Angling Show – 24th/25th February 2018 … Continue reading

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Watch “GO2 Range – Expanders” on YouTube


Very interesting and  worth watching.

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Trip 102 Pike Fishing- 2017


With all that rain (yes, no snow down South), I thought the river would be very murky and on the drop, it would be a great opportunity for a pike or two.  It was a lovely winter’s morning. I headed … Continue reading

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Pike Fishing Today 


Let’s see what the lake brings today. Richard 

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Spotted Fin Match


Spotted Fin Match talking about some new products for release now and in 2018.

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Few Hours On The River Today


Just fancied a change Today  It stunning out here on the Hampshire Avon Today, watch out for the photography. Richard 

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Early Christmas Present


I have treated myself to an early Christmas present. Next challenge is to not use it until then, no change. Thanks Ben Redley – Nene Valley Kettles  

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Trip 101 Carp Fishing- 2017


After a very enjoyable few hours the other day and still feeling not 100%, I headed off down the lake. I’m not too sure what I will do or how long I will fish for.  I took my normal route … Continue reading

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Watch “The Catalyst – Natural Pop-Ups” on YouTube


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Free Line Magazine 


I have some nice catch reports in the Free Line Magazine this Month. Roll on next month, should have some more in there. Richard 

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