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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

Spotted Fin Clothing Range


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Trip 16 Carp Fishing – 2019


With the man flu finally fading away (I hope), I’ve popped down my Estate Lake (my new lake) for a few hours today.  This will still take a fair bit of effort, which I need to be mindful of, as … Continue reading

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Smokey Jack


With water tempratures rising, a proper fishmeal boilie will start to come into play. You can’t get much better than the awesome Smokey Jack designed and tested by our own

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Few Hour’s on the bank


Out for a few hour’s today on my little Estate lake today. Richard   Please subscribe to my Video Diary Consultant For   Sponsored By         Follow me @richardhandel   Carp Fishing Tackle on Ebay  

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Deeper The Perfect Spot


I certainly found the perfect spot the other week using the Lakebook page after downloading my Deeper mapping information. I was looking for a feature that was prominent around the deeper water on the lake.  The light orange is 11ft … Continue reading

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Trip 15 Carp Fishing- 2019


So, this was the day I joined a lovely estate lake syndicate.  The main aim of this is to reduce the number of miles I drive to go fishing for my quick 5 hours trip.  I was traveling a good … Continue reading

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Spotted Fin 8mm Wafters


Our 8mm wafter hookbaits are superb on their own, but here’s a top tip; fish them over a mixture of our mini-pellets to really get fish grubbing for food on competitive commercial waters, and try a different colour or flavour … Continue reading

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Spring Tips


With Spring finally starting to show, it’s a great time of the year to have a walk around your lake and observe where the fish are starting to hang around.  Their feeding stops should not be too far away. Check … Continue reading

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Trip 14 Carp Fishing


With half term upon us already and Spring ever closer.  I am on the bank for the week.  I’m not sure if it’ll be the lake only or some river fishing, but after spending a good two hours looking and … Continue reading

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Red Letter Trip


Want an amazing trip over the half term week, with a slow start and a change of swims, it all picked up in the last 3 nights.  I ended up with 9 carp, including 8 x 20s on Spotted Fin … Continue reading

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