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Pike Trip #1 2016

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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For the first trip of the year, I am Pike fishing on the river after that 25 lb.


There has been a lot of rain over the past two days and there will also be plenty of it today.  I am going for a more static approach this time, as the weather is going to be rainy.  Hopefully, this will result in a fish or two and if the wind and rain does calm down, I will move on later.


I have an assortments of baits and my bottle of predator Plus from Bait-Tech .


The weather has brightened up and has stopped raining for a bit, so I have gone for a walk about, to see if I can pick up a Pike in the slack water along the river.






After some 3 hour’s of walking and driving around, the only real prospect of a Pike would be back in the swim I started from!  As the river was so on flood, it was hard to find a perfect spot.

By 1400 hrs, I was back there and hoping for the dusk take.


Just a perfect area. Dispite staying until after 5pm .


My first trip of 2016 ended in a blank.

Till next time
Richard - 

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