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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

Trip 25 Carp Fishing – 2022


With the wife away on a business trip for a few nights, I was hoping to get down the lake Friday evening, however as she was traveling around the M25 on a Friday afternoon, it was 50/50 if it would … Continue reading

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You can’t stand still (food for thought)


If anyone tells you they have mastered lake of fishing; they’re lying.  It can change in the blink of an eye! I personally think the biggest mistake anglers make, is once they perceive they’re at the top of their game … Continue reading

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Fast & Light MKIII


Fast & Light MKIII Summary Perfect if you want to use your Fast and Light brolly year-round, without wanting to go to the full extent of getting a whole new system! Description This overwrap’s primary function is to fully convert your … Continue reading

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Nice


That’s more like it. Richard

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Why the perfect capture shot?


Why the perfect capture shot?  This is the question I ask myself quite a lot when flicking through Facebook.  There is a distinct lack of night shots and I know that technology has moved on with slings and sack.  However, … Continue reading

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Trip 24 Carp Fishing – 2022


Here is my latest blog, delayed a bit as was featured in this month’s Taking Carp Magazine It had been nearly a month since I’d seen Ian, plus it is the first May Bank Holiday weekend and you never know … Continue reading

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Different View


Nicely tucked away. Richard

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Relaxing in the bivvy


Sitting in the shade, watching the water. Bivvy life is just perfect. Richard

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Few night’s Out


I’m back out for a few night’s on my syndicate water. Richard

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Observation Is The key To Success


Is observation the paramount key to success in carp fishing?  I believe it is as it encompasses so many key factors. I even feel that with the best bait in the world, you can still fail to catch unless you … Continue reading

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