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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

Don’t Panic or Despair


With fishing and all sorts of other of life’s problems – when you are struggling to catch a carp and it appears it’s never going your way (how ever hard you try), the trick is not to panic, otherwise you … Continue reading

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Richard Handel Carp Fishing 758 subscribers Head over to my youtube channel and watch all my latest vlogs   Welcome to another fishing adventure, out on one of my water, from small club lakes to large open pits. Don’t forget if … Continue reading

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Looking Back Over 2019 Part 1 of 10


Summary This episode is also available as a blog post: https://richardhandel.com/2021/07/23/looking-back-over-2019-part-1-of-10/ Transcription

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Trip 29 Carp Fishing – 2022


After a splendid holiday in Wales at my favorite campsite, Quay Lodge near Carmarthen, with the family and my dad. We like to cook on a fire pit all week, it makes it quite special, and with luck, I can … Continue reading

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Just One Rig For Me


Just one rig for me is a strange title and it opens myself up for a lot of criticism from other anglers.  But my aim is to be open about my fishing, make things simplistic for the everyday angler, make … Continue reading

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My Journey Through The Old Skool Days


My Journey Through The Old Skool Days I started my Carp fishing in the early ’80s, after leaving school.  I discovered there was more to fishing than small local rivers with only Roach & Dace and the odd Perch in … Continue reading

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Why Compare Yourself To Others?


I never understand why anglers compare themself to others when they are catching carp and you are not.  There are many factors to take into consideration. Firstly, the amount of time the other angler has had to walk around the … Continue reading

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Which Lake Is Harder, That the ?


Which is harder big pits or ponds?  This is the question everyone is always going on about and it’s funny how anglers forget, it’s us against the fish. I personally believe unless you are fishing a stock pond, all lakes … Continue reading

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Lazy Fishing


This is an odd topic.  Over the many years, I have spent fishing, I have asked myself this many times when sitting up in the same swim each week.  I am 100% confident the fish are close by or will … Continue reading

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Sleeping Bags


Sleeping Bags Summary Probably the best 5 season sleeping bag on the market. Description Comprising two fleece-lined bags, it has been designed with versatility in mind, offering a single sleeping bag solution for the whole year. The inner three-season bag … Continue reading

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