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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 51 Carp Fishing- 2017


This trip is the start of my campaign to catch a nice big lump out of the Hampshire Avon.  With this in mind, I headed to the area where I have seen them before and have tried this area a … Continue reading

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Free Delivery – UK and Europe 


                          Mega Deal Richard

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Trip 50 – Carp Fishing- 2017


After a few very hard days out gardening, I was glad to get down the lake and find a nice cool breeze blowing.  I was not really sure where to fish, even after a good look round the complex, there … Continue reading

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Read Frank Warwick Article 


Great article about Italian carp fishing. Grab yourself a copy. Richard

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Little Spot In Carp Talk Mag


Nice to see another one of my captures on Carp Talk this week. Richard

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It’s Way to hot for fishing


Just can’t do the heat.

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First Venture Out On The River


Tracking down the carp today And it would be rude to to put a line on the water on June 16th. Regards Richard 

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Trip 49 Carp Fishing- 2017


This trip is all about my eldest daughter, she has been asking for me to take her fishing again for sometime.  The weather has been a bit to extreme for her.  However, this weekend was looking better with just a … Continue reading

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Counting Down The Hours


Is not long until I am back on the river after some carp & barbel, going to give the carp a real good go this year. Let’s hope I can track down a river monster. Richard 

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Nice Evening 


Quick overnighter time  Glad the heat of the day is fading. Richard 

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