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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

Taking Carp Magazine


Find me in this month’s Talking Carp Magazine free online The magazine is full of great articles for some very well know anglers. Use my code for 10% discount The discount code applies to the entire order when purchasing the … Continue reading

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Trip 31 Carp Fishing – 2022


I’m so lucky to have such an understanding wife and family. The change in weather conditions happened earlier than expected, I was very keen to get down the lake. We’d already agreed I could do Sunday night, but I was … Continue reading

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YouTube – Channel


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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The Endless Beauty


This is what fishing about. Richard

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Trip 30 Carp Fishing – 2022


With a few hours to spare, I was off down the School Lake, only to find it was closed due to spawning. I’d been waiting for this to happen at some point. I had a couple of options that were … Continue reading

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The Pink Pepper Squid range


The Pink Pepper Squid range has something for everyone. Pop-Ups and Wafters in multiple sizes and a booster spray join the new Active Gel just launched. https://spottedfin.com/product…/carp/pink-pepper-squid/

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Back Out


I’m back out after a couple of weeks off. It feels good to be bankside again. Richard

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Love Krill ?


Love Krill ? We got you covered. From a pouch of 100% pure Antarctic Krill powder or the brand new luxurious, 2kg pouch of Spicy Krill Big Carp Groundbait made from an exotic blend of milled krill pellets, spices and … Continue reading

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Active Gel range


The new Active Gel range from Spotted Fin. After months of Research & Development, we have developed a new gel, using new techniques, to make any hookbait active. This means, ANY hookbait and comes in your 6 favourite flavours. Using … Continue reading

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Baiting Pole Tips


Baiting pole is amazing bits of kit.  I have found my one incredibly useful and it’s certainly has helped me catch fish. Now, before you rush out and buy one, there are a few things to consider. 1. Cost – … Continue reading

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