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Trip No5 Pike Fishing (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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I finally managed to get out before Christmas.  It had been a bad 3 weeks, both my wife and myself had got that stomach bug, as well as, all the wind and rain.  I found a free day when the weather was not too bad.


The river is very high due to all of the rain (as I mentioned before) and coloured, I hope it will produce some nice pike for me.


I set up on a big bend which has plenty of slack water for the fish to rest up in.
Both rods were baited up with half herring,  for some reason was the only type of dead baits I had in the freezer.  I was sure I had some joey mackerel on there,  oh well let’s hope the Pike are in the mood for herring this week!

Both rods have been cast in the slack water, clear deepish water, just the other side of a dead reeds.


I have been trying to catch some live bait with not much success.

Unfortunately, my trip ended in a blank all round, I even had a go for chub, with no success.

That’s all for this time.

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