28lb Thames carp is reward for sleepless night

28lb Thames carp is reward for sleepless night

A windswept and sleepless night aboard his boat was made bearable for David George by the arrival of this 28lb river mirror.

The Thames fish came after a few weeks off the river for the property maintenance worker, who caught a stunning 31lb 8oz mirror from his boat at the end of last year.

David said: “After being off the river for a couple weeks due to illness and a long cold snap it seemed a good time to get back to it and make the most of the end of the season.”

Having fished Friday and Saturday nights, then Monday night, for just a single bream, the 32-year-old remained confident.

 28lb of River Thames carp

28lb of River Thames carp

“With the temperature still climbing I decided another session on Tuesday night had to be done.

“I arrived at around 5pm, positioned the rigs over the same spots, again with a very small amount of heavily glugged 15mm Nash Strawberry Crush boilies.

“After a long, sleepless night aboard the boat, kept awake by the wind, I woke up on Wednesday at 6am to an absolute peeler on my left-hand rod.

“After a couple of decent runs I managed to catch my first fish of the year.

“Being my first full winter fishing the mighty river, and a cold, slow start in January with only one other fish caught this winter, it was really nice to finally get back into them.”

 The mirror was worth the wait

The mirror was worth the wait

RIG AND BAIT

  • Short multi rig
  • Hookbait: Nash Citruz 15mm pop-up
  • Loosefeed: Nash Strawberry Crush boilies
  • Lead: 4oz flat lead
  • Hook: Size 6 chod hook