My Profile

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 which is a county in the UK.  I worked as UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company.  I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls.

I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old.  I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, moved onto gravel pits and then found Carp fishing.  My personal best Carp is a 39.08 Mirror and my best Pike is 22 lb+


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 in May 2015, 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 commuting 5 days a week commute and working in Stratford in the East end of London.  As a family we did not fancy this, I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the wife).  So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and my wife was able to increase her hours to working full time. I became a house husband.

This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing.  I can pick and choose when I go (within school collection times).  I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year.  It 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 small tackle business by selling good quality tackle products at great prices, with no frills packaging to keep the cost down.  This is passed on to my customers and have link to many other bargains.

Pure Fishing

Tackle Direct


I am also try make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing.


I am part of the promotional teams for the following company’s Spotted Fin, Asso Fishing Line and Fishspy which for me has been an amazing journey and great company’s to be working for.


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