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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

Crazy week at Scruff’s HQ


Hello Carpers It’s been one crazy week at Scruff’s HQ, trying to catch up after going fishing last week. This week a total of 64 orders have gone out. With total weight of over 200kgs of leads. Almost caught up … Continue reading

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The Smokey Jack


The Smokey Jack range has never looked so good, with a range of products to compliment the boilies .. Available at all good retailers and online at https://spottedfin.com/product-category/carp/smokey-jack/

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Trip 29 Carp Fishing – 2021


After driving past all 3 car parks on my new syndicate; 2 were full and there were 16 cars in total.  I felt this was too many people for me at this time, so, I headed for the Airfield Lake.  … Continue reading

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Fish Deeper Premium


Don’t waste time looking for a good place to fish. Access bathymetric maps with over 50 000 fishing spots on your device! FISHDEEPER.COM

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Our Method Ready Range


Our Method Ready Range has become a firm favourite in match and coarse anglers bait bags over the last few years and we now have the newly launched set of method ready groundbaits. Offering that critical 50:50 mix of 2mm … Continue reading

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Talking Carp Magazine


Find in the page’s of this month’s Talking Carp Magazine, available free online. Richard

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Good Luck


Good luck to everyone on the rivers tomorrow,  June the 16th is nearly here. Richard

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Looking back in time – River fishing Part 1


Looking back in time – River fishing With the success of looking back over the year podcasts, I’ve dug up a 2 part special on my efforts on catching chub & barbal or not on the Hampshire Avon. Part 1 … Continue reading

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Trip 28 Carp Fishing – 2021


With all my gardening jobs done for the day and it was only 11 am, so it just had to be worth another go on the School Lake. I arrived just before noon and wasn’t surprised to find 8 or … Continue reading

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Looking Back Over 2020 Part 4 of 6


Looking Back Over 2020 Part 4 of 6 Welcome back to my looking back over 2020 feature as part of my Podcast series and will feature multiple trip in one long podcast, from pike to carp fishing and easy lakes, … Continue reading

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