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Trip No4 Pike Fishing (2013)

Richard Handel
Created 5 years 126 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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Trip No4 Pike Fishing (2013)

I am back out on the Hampshire Avon today, doing a bit of pike fishing, as I have a day off work.  It’s been a long time since I have been on the river, due to being obsessed with trying to catch the big common, with not much success!

                                                                The first thing I noticed, was that the river level was very low for this time of the year.

                                                                 Rod 1

Was cast by some reeds, with a mackerel dead bait and some Fox bait flags.

                                                                dead bait
                                                                Rod 2
was cast on a nice clear sandy area, just off a overhanging tree, with a herring dead bait

i was trying to catch some live bait with not much success , and though i would have a go at catching some chub by rolling some bait. also with not much success.

By noon time, it was time for a brew and some lunch. Not 1 minute after I finished my brew and rod 2 by the tree had a couple of knocks!  I quickly took the drop off bobbin off, held the line and it started to tighten up and I pulled into a nice river pike.  After a good fight I had a nice 12lb 8oz river pike in the nets.

                                                                  This was the only take of the day, nice looking fish.

                                                                With the sun going down it was time to head home.


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  • Marty 5 years 126 days ago
    Nice Pike Richard!