Created 3 years 20 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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Today is the start of my Winter campaign to catch a 25lb Hampshire Avon pike. I have two months to do this, which should be plenty of time.
I do vary my approach from small single rod spots to large open bends on the river. I will also move around a bit but if along the way, I see a likely spot, I will always drop a bait in there for 15 minutes or so.
So far today, I have been in 3 areas and have had one fish.
A nice 21 lb 10 oz pike taken on a Joey Mackerel. I tend to use Mackerel, Herring or Sardines when Pike fishing.
Around 1230, I moved again and had a pike of around 10 lb.
Within 10 minutes of arriving in this swim – which was where the 20 lb (ers) had come from this morning.
I was having a bit of a dilemma now, as I did not expect to catch so fast. At this point in time, I had not had a bite to eat or even a drink due to my wondering around, looking for likely pike swims for my quick day session and for my barbel trips next year. Unfortunately for me, my next choice of swim was on the opposite bank and I had spotted an angler walking along the other side heading for that swim. I will have to wait for another day.
With the sun slowly going down, I stayed in this swim as the only other option was a car journey move. This could have resulted in no free swims as it is the Bank Holiday after the Christmas weekend and there were a few angler’s on the bank today.
That was all for my trip out.
Till next time
Richard - richardhandel.com/pike-fishing/
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