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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

The Spotted Fin Floaters


With the temperatures set to soar over the coming days, it’s the perfect time to get that floater kit sorted! The Spotted Fin Floaters are available in both The Catalyst and Smokey Jack flavours which start leaching out food signals … Continue reading

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Trip 29 Carp Fishing – 2020


Location – Airfield Lake Hours Fished – 65 hours I didn’t expect to be out so soon again.  The wife and kids were happy for me to go out again, so I’m happy too and back down the lake again. … Continue reading

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8mm Bloodworm


Perfect for those silty estate lakes where tench are your target, the 8mm Bloodworm wafters are irresistible to tincas! www.spottedfin.com

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 NHS Charities Together


For every single tub of the brand new Krill Method Ready Pellets we sell until November 30th, we will be donating £1 from that sale to NHS Charities Together to help support those that have supported us during these crazy times!

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Spotted Fin pva


Spotted Fin pva is a year round product which melts evenly whatever the water temperature… available in kit form or refill, it’s a great way to keep things tight on the lake bed! Choose from pva bags, mesh, tape and … Continue reading

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What hook bait


What hook bait creations have you knocked up during lock down? Show them off in the comments below…

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Trip 28 Carp Fishing – 2020


Location – Airfield Lake Hours Fished – 18 hours Well, where do I start?  Sad times indeed but hopefully we are now heading in the right direction.  I’m sure COVID 19 has changed the world, maybe for the better, but … Continue reading

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Memories of an old fisherman -The Ressie


I first joined here about 1999 and stayed a member until last year.  I only ever fished it properly over a winter in between the interim syndicate starting and the full-on syndicate where I’m currently a member of.  I only … Continue reading

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Smokey Jack


Smokey Jack is a ‘proper’ fishmeal bait, carp love it especially in the warmer months and it has accounted for some epic barbel catches! 📷 Tyrone Norah

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Interview With Pele – Spotted Fin Owner


What a fantastic read and a great insight into the man, brand and of course the bait range. https://online.pubhtml5.com/kzxy/eexd/

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