Created 3 years 246 days ago
by Richard Handel
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.
I am part of the promotional teams for the following company’s Bait-Tech, Godman Angling, Asso Fishing Line, Tf gear and Summit Tackle Stainless, which for me has been an amazing journey and great company’s to be working for.
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I like to use bags a lot in my fishing and I use Godman Angling PVA. I have found them to be the best quality available, not just their bags and mesh, they have a couple of very innovative ideas, as well.
(1) Pva Bags
The standard set up for a pva bag is a short hook link neatly tucked in the bag. However, over the years I have played around with different lengths of hook link and started to have them outside of the bag with the hook hidden under one of the corners which I fold over. If necessary I wrap some pva tape around the bag as well. I also use a safety rig set up, unless I am range fishing and then I would use a helicopter rig.
Setting up my bags
A- add pellet and groundbait soaked in Krill & Tuna oil.
B- add more liquid
C- add some broken boilies
D- Place the lead in the top of the bag and damp the inner top part of the bag a little and twist around.
For an under arm flick this is fine. If some distance is required then I would use a PVA Solu-tie around the top as well.
Solu-Ties (same as a cable tie)
And tighten it down, trim off the excess.
E- fold the bottom corner and hide the hook point underneath.
F- only the boilie/pop up is sticking out
G- The finished bag
If necessary, you can have the line close to the bag by making sure the solu-tie is over your line or just simply wrap some pva tape around the bag.
I have been using this method successfully for many years.
2- Mesh Bag’s
I also use mesh bag’s especially in my margin fishing. The mesh bags I use, they range from tiny grape size, up to and beyond orange size – it depends on the fishing situation.
Godman Angling have two sizes of mesh 25 mm/38 mm, but depending of how long a length you use, the bigger the ball you can make.
Follow my steps to make a bag
A- tye a knot in the bottom
B- pull tight
C- add the pellets/ground bait-mix of your choice.
Push down with a plunger. I tend to mould the bag with my hands into a ball.
D- tye a knot in the other end, as tight as possible.
E- cut off excess, as close as possible to the knot is always best.
F- add some more liquid if you like, after hooking on to the hook.
My bait bucket is full of tubs with different size mesh bag’s made up already and soaking different oils.
And also with the raw ingredients to make more as and when required.
These PVA tubes have so many innovative ideas and twists, which will give you the upper hand over other anglers.
One of the things I have found very affective, in my short margin sessions, is to add oil and then fix around the hook bait.
The best way to get the oil into this is by using a syringe.
and the end result, a very appetising hook bait.
The other great use of these, is to have them as part of your hook link, as you can change supple hook link into a stiff link rig when you cast out. This gives you and amazing edge over other anglers on the presentation front.
4 – Solu-Ties
The most popular use for these is on pva bags.
I have been using them when I am Pike fishing and don’t want the running lead flying back up the line when I am range fishing.
This I have found to work perfectly.
Hope this helps
You can read the original blog, and more of my work at my website:- https://richardhandel.com/
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