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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

Angling Direct new Southhampton store opening soon


Angling Direct new Southhampton store opening soon and they will have your favourite Spotted Fin match and coarse products in, so be sure to check it out!

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*** Winter is coming, and we have you covered *** 


*** Winter is coming, and we have you covered *** There are no better products, originally designed for colder water temps than the Catalyst range. Whether your still piling in the boilies, using single PVa bags with a natural wafter … Continue reading

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Taking Carp Magazine


Find out why I think there is only one for me in this month’s issue of Talking Carp Magazine.     Use my code for 5% discount The discount code applies to the entire order when purchasing the Deeper Sonars … Continue reading

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Trip 2 Carp Fishing – 2022


With fewer gardening jobs at this time of the year, I’m out on the club lake today in the hope of my first carp of 2022. Conditions are certainly better than last week, until the middle of the week and … Continue reading

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*** How to target F1’s in the winter on groundbait ***


*** How to target F1’s in the winter on groundbait *** With Matt Bingham holding the all time record of 385lb of F1’s in a match at Tunnel Barn Farm it would be a brave soul not to have a … Continue reading

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*** The GO2 Commercial Match Range ***


*** The GO2 Commercial Match Range *** A range for commercial match fishing that we built to be the the best of the best, with no compromise in its makeup, for the serious match angler. Keep these handy pages on … Continue reading

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*** Boosted Maggots *** 


*** Boosted Maggots *** Want to make your maggots stand out from the crowd? Give them a dousing of your favourite Booster Spray and add that extra punch of attraction! Simply clean off your maggots the night before you go … Continue reading

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Using a smaller 10mm dumbbell wafter


Using a smaller 10mm dumbbell wafter, may get you more bites. Being different from the big baits and Pop-Ups so often seen used, they may get you that next special capture especially when times are hard in the colder months! … Continue reading

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Limited Stock of Spotted Fin Bobbles Just Arrived


***Limited Stock of Spotted Fin Bobbles Just Arrived *** Don’t miss out, keep those ears warm on the coldest of days! We have a limited stock of our new bobble hats just arrived into SFHQ. Hot Pink, Khaki Green, Spotted … Continue reading

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*** Stamp of Approval *** 


*** Stamp of Approval *** The Catalyst paste. Quality control stamped and then lovingly sealed with a fresh seal lid liner. The perfect autumn and winter bait accessory. Luxury at its best.. #teamfin #spottedfin #leaddontfollow Find yours at all good … Continue reading

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