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My First Pike Trip of (2013)

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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As the whole family has had the flu since before New Year’s, this is my first trip out in 2013.

As the floods are still going strong and the lake temperatures are still low. I decided to go back onto the Hampshire Avon and have a go for some more pike.  I still needed my waders to get to the swim.  I only set up one rod with a nice half mackerel on the end and flicked it out in a nice bit of slack water.


I will get it about an hour here and if no joy, will move on.
Below is a picture of my very simple Pike rig, made up of five components – float stop, float, ball lead, rubber bead and a snap link to attach the wire trace to.


Time to move swim soon.
After a quick walk down stream, I set up again in a large area of slack water below a big raft of weed created by a tree that had fallen in, over the winter.


I have put a nice fresh bait on as well, hopefully that will do the trick.  Well after no joy, it was time to head back to my banker swim by the old boathouse and with the light fading fast, I hope my luck is in today, Unfortunately no Joy today.


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