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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 54 Carp Fishing- 2019


Location – Meadow Lake Hours Fished – 18hrs I made it back down the lake for another quick overnighter and the angler pressure from the weekend gone (and the fact that no one had fished in the swim I was … Continue reading

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Smokey Jack


Smokey Jack: A complete fishmeal boilie, made with Skipjack Tuna and a blend of individually sourced spices. These boilies are a beautiful Red/brown colour and we have packed as much fishmeal into it as we can get to hold together, … Continue reading

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How Fishing Saved Me


As it was mental health week, a few weeks ago, I thought I would share how I believe fishing has helped me get through all the years of suffering and into many more. My depression started, way back when I … Continue reading

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I love this time of the year.


Autumn sunset, never stop amazing me. Richard

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Range of Particle and Pellet Syrups


Our range of Particle and Pellet Syrups are a super cost effective way matching your feed to your boilies and hookbaits. The thick liquid will cling to pellets and boilies or add it to the liquid you are soaking your … Continue reading

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Spotted Fin News


You can all breath a sigh of relief! These beauties are back online, along with their brand new labels… Same great hook baits with a clean new look.    

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The Catalyst’ continues to produce!


Since being launched to the public, wayyyy back in Spring 2016 (although it’s been catching carp for many more years!) we have lost count of the number of UK 50’s landed on this special bait. Any water, in any country … Continue reading

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Interesting Feature


Interesting feature I found using the Deeper the other week. Richard

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Stunning Sunset


Stunning sunset the other weekend. Richard

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Spotted Fin Pellets


Brilliant combination, Catalyst, Betafin and sSmokey Jack pellets. Richard

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