NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales

Big Welsh common from Cardiff Wharf

NewsThom AirsThe Wharf, Wales
Big Welsh common from Cardiff Wharf

Damian Jones was staring at his rods when one of them tore off and brought him a new personal best in the shape of a 36lb 4oz common from the Wharf in Cardiff.

The fish, known as Ollie, was joined by a pb mirror of 23lb as the 37-year-old saw out the year in style at the former shipping dock in the heart of the Welsh capital.

Fishing a 22-hour session into New Year’s Eve, Damian, who returned to carp fishing just 14 months ago after a 15-year absence, had the big common on the final day of 2017.

 Ollie the common at 36lb 4oz

Ollie the common at 36lb 4oz

He told Carpfeed: “I was actually looking at my rods when I had the run from Ollie.

“She gave me a proper screaming run, but when I up picked the rod and started to play her I honestly thought it was a smaller carp.

“I saw her just under the surface around 20yds out where I could see she was a common. She was head shaking and plodding around.

“I managed to get her to within netting range and I could see she was a good common, but I honestly thought she was a mid-20.

 The other side of Damian's new pb

The other side of Damian's new pb

“When she was in the net I could see which common it was and luckily a friend was walking to me with his barrow as he was starting a day session, so he assisted with weighing and taking pictures." 

Damian used 12mm Half Tone DNA S7 pop-ups and end tackle from CV Tackle and Bait.

 This pretty scaly 23-pounder fell a day earlier

This pretty scaly 23-pounder fell a day earlier