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My First Pike Trip in (2012)

Richard Handel
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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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My First Pike Trip in (2012)

As the weather has been so poor and with my failed carp trip in the week, due to a frozen lake and only 4 hours free.  I though it was time to get the Pike rod’s out.  So off down the river for a bit of roving with a dead bait.  The river was still in flood, it was a bit hard to find a swim. However, I found a nice bit of slack water by a bridge, that will do for a start.



I stayed here for about an hour ,before I moved up river to an old boathouse.  This was under water due to the flooding, but it is a great area for Pike. I had to put my waders on, as the path was under water.


Once though the water, I set up and cast out.  Within a few minutes, the Pike float had given a big knock and not long after that, a nice 10lb Pike was in the net.  Time to move again, I will stop there on the way back and hope it’s big brother is there.


I found some more slack water up stream and after about 30 minutes, the float was under water again and after a bit of a battle another 10lb + pike was in the net.


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