Capturing wildlife in carp catch pics has increased in popularity in recent years – but Jack Thomson has surely topped the lot with this photobomb.
This friendly camel popped into view as the 25-year-old landed this common off the surface at an East Sussex club water.
The lake borders an alpaca farm, which also accommodates a single Bactrian (two-humped) camel.
“You don’t realise how big they are until you stand next to one,” chuckled Jack, “but he was quite friendly and I gave him a stroke.”
The welder had nipped to the lake in a 40-minute window between jobs.
He added: “I’m really into my carp fishing on the rivers and I joined this club to target a particular stretch.
“The club has also got this lake and I went for a walk round a couple of weeks ago. It’s actually an alpaca farm but the farmer seems to have a camel!
“On that occasion I caught a 20lb common off the surface but the camel didn’t want to come over for a pic!
“This time, it came over as I was setting up the camera.”
Asked how much the fish weighed, Jack joked: “I don’t know – it’s pretty irrelevant when there’s a camel there. I think I’ve raised the bar in terms of animal pics!”
The fish was taken on a CC Moore Duo floater over floating trout pellets soaked in halibut oil.