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My Second Pike Trip (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 Second Pike Trip (2012)

I am back out pike fishing again, as the lakes were still frozen this week.  I have come back to the same area as I had done so well the last time.  However, I have more time this weekend so hopefully, will cover a greater area with better success on the size front.  My first stop was the boathouse swim, as I had two fish from there before.


 After an hour no joy.  It was time to move down river, with still no joy after another hour ,I was off down river again and found a very large area of slack water that looked very promising.


Well after moving up and down the river with no joy, it was time to go back to where I started.  Only to loose a nice fish at the net.  Oh well, with the light fading they was no point in moving, just crossing my fingers that as the fish did not get the bait, it may come back if i am very lucky. Unfortunately not, and it’s time for home.

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