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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

Marker Sticks & Small Swim- Solution


We all love marker sticks, however very small swims can be a bit of a nightmare. Here is a little solution that I came up with some years ago. You need three marker stick a a 12ft cord   1 … Continue reading

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Trip 87 Carp Fishing- 2017


After dropping my eldest off at the stables this morning, I was on my way down to the lake.  This is the time I like to think of my options relating to past captures, weather and in the back of … Continue reading

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Trip 86 Carp Fishing- 2017


With my girl’s dropped off at their clubs.  I was on my way down the lake and all done before dark. Back on my spots again and another 2 kilos of Smokey Jack out there with a couple of 20mm … Continue reading

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Traps Set


Just about got the camp set up before darkness fell upon the lake.  Richard 

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Trip 85 Carp Fishing – 2017


I arrived down the lake to find way too many people fishing tonight (in the middle of the week night).  After a quick chat with a fellow member, I headed on around the lake, looking for a likely area to … Continue reading

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Trip 84 Carp Fishing- 2017


I was so nearly going to be fishing the Airfield lake for the last time this trip out.  However, I would have only been able to fish Thursday night and with a quick change of arrangements with the wife, I … Continue reading

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Few Hours Free Today 


For the first time in a few months, I have a free day, better us it wisely. First swim of the day. Richard 

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Trip 83 Carp Fishing 2017


With only a few days left before the Airfield lake shuts for winter.  I found myself on the middle part of the complex, not far from where my last trip out was.  Before leaving last time, I had a good … Continue reading

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Autumn Colours 


Just Love the colours you get this time of year. I can see a few photographs this weekend. Richard 

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