Created 3 years 106 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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I haven’t tried pike fishing on this lake for a long time. I normally bring a bit of carp kit as I inevitably spot some carp. This time I thought I should just take pike tackle as I have taken notice of the reports, saying that there are large pike hiding in here.
Nice misty start to today. I am feeling on one rod and legering on the other, with a big plastic run ring to keep the resistance down. These fish will drop the bait if they feel a thing.
I forgot to bring smaller bank sticks, oh well, at least it saves my back as I don’t need to bend over to pick the rod’s up today.
Looks like I am back in the 80’s fishing!
It must be Winter as the Robins are out demanding food.
My aim is to move swim every 2-3 hours today and hopefully locate some fish.
Moved swim now, as I spotted a pike strike from the far side. I now have one rod under a lovely overhanging tree and the other along the margin, also by some snags.
Completely out of the blue my right had rod was off, not a slow take at all. I quickly ran to the rods and hit into a hard fighting fish. When this finally was in the net, it tipped the scales at 14-10. Do me.
I was not sure if I should move, as the pike I had spotted was where I had put the other rod.
After 30 minutes I knew it was time to move on again.
One rod was put along the front of the reeds and the other was dropped over the front of the swim, as this normally a good hide away spot for them. Each time I set up, I always put a couple of handfuls of pellets over the top, to help the small fry into the area I want.
I had an aborted take, which was frustrating and after another hour, I moved to my last swim of the day, in the hope of catching another pike. There are plenty if features in this swim, so we will see, what happens.
It’s 1600 and dispite my best tempt to tempt the pike (which was in the dying lily pads) to eat my half mackerel and herring
Well it’s now 1630, the sun has gone down and oh boy the temperature has dropped a lot. I had no more fish, just a dropped take. It was time for to be off.
Till next time
Richard Handel - richardhandel.com/pike-fishing/
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