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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

Trying Out Deeper CHIRP+ 2: What’s New, Reading Data on Fish Deeper App and Exploring Global Bathymetry


Trying Out Deeper CHIRP+ 2: What’s New, Reading Data on Fish Deeper App and Exploring Global Bathymetry I have had the opportunity to test run the Deeper CHIRP+ 2 over the past month. I’m unbelievably impressed with the upgraded features. … Continue reading

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***Orange balls of fire anyone?***


***Orange balls of fire anyone?*** One of our more deadly hookbaits. The Masala Spice hookbaits are one of the best kept team secrets https://spottedfin.com/product/masala-spice-pop-ups/ 🔍 Masala Spice Pop-Ups £6.50 Size Choose an option 12mm 15mm Masala Spice Pop-Ups quantity Add … Continue reading

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Fish Deeper


Back in the day if you weren’t sure how well your day at the lake would go, you could just look at the cows! If cows were laying down – tough time fishing, if up and grazing – good day … Continue reading

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Looking Back Over 2019 Part 5 of 10


Looking Back Over 2019 Part 5 of 10 I’ve decided to look back over 2019 as part of my Podcast series and will feature multiple trip in one long podcast, from pike to carp fishing and easy lakes, to the … Continue reading

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A marooned PRO+


Sometimes our users tell us stories of their unusual fishing adventures, innovative tactics, stranded or battle-scarred sonars and we would love to share them with you! This time, we have a domestic story from the the Foggy Albion. A marooned … Continue reading

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My Adventure for 2021 (On The New Pit Part 1)


Tackling a new water is a real buzz for me. I’ve waited a long time for this one, but the timing didn’t quite go to plan. I was offered a ticket in the middle of a global pandemic, your wife … Continue reading

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Trip 44 Carp Fishing – 2021


With my family holiday fun over for this year, which included a fabulous time camping in Wales for 10 days and spending 2 weeks on the Norfolk Broads (as you will have read in my last blog). I’m back out … Continue reading

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Fishing a small hookbait


Sometimes fishing a small hookbait gets you more bites and with the GO2 hookbaits from the match range you can score when others aren’t. Dumbbells in 8mm and 10mm. Perfect for PVA bags. Find them here https://spottedfin.com/product…/match/wafter-hookbaits/ ACCESSORIES BAIT MAKING … Continue reading

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Smokey Jack


Smokey Jack is excellent for summer and autumn fishing and nothing screams fishmeal more than our luxurious tuna loaded Smokey jack food dip. This will bring any bait to life and carp absolutely love the Smokey Jack flavours and attractors. … Continue reading

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CHIRP+2 when chasing after predators


Have you tried using the CHIRP+2 when chasing after predators from your boat? Maybe you don’t know where to start? Well, our new blog is just for you! Everything from A to Z – from planning your fishing to the … Continue reading

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