*UPDATE 3/7/18: We asked the captor to clarify the weight after the same fish was caught at under 20lb last season. He has not responded to us and therefore cannot vouch for the weight of this fish.*
A 30lb Thames carp remains a rare beast, and catching one on opening day is a feat few will ever achieve.
Luke Bayliss managed it, though, with this capture of a 30lb 5oz mirror from a Surrey stretch of the waterway.
The 24-year-old roofer lives near the river and regularly targets it for carp.
He told Carpfeed: “I live locally to the Thames, in the Kingston area, so I fish it at least three nights a week.
“I walk past the spot every day to monitor it and prebait with Nash Key Cray boilies.”
The big mirror came at about 4am on the opening day during the roofer’s 24-hour session.
He said: “It was a good fight, lasting about 25 minutes, from a strong fish. I’d lost three good fish prior to this.”
Luke fished a 20mm Nash Scopex Squid pop-up mounted on a size 6 Nash Fang Gyro hook over Key Cray freebies.