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Second trip of 2015 in search Big Pike

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 am out for a few hour’s today, on the hunt for that big pike, who is hiding in this lake.  I am going to be as mobile as much as I can with the weather as it is today (wintery showers).


All set up in my first swim.  I will be dead baiting today with mackerel and herring,  I do have some trout with me, I generaly save these for the river.  However, its always worth a go.
The water is the colour of mud as we have had so much rain over the past week.


Kettle is on

I have had a dropped take already.  These fish are so switched on.  I was free lining and the line got hooked up a bit, enough for the rod tip to knock and that was that, the pike was off Scott free.


Anyway, can’t say a lot, but there are some real idiots out there. I thought it best to go home.

Richard - 

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