Christmas Day carp and holiday 30s at popular day-ticket

Christmas Day carp and holiday 30s at popular day-ticket

It was a Christmas to remember for a number of anglers at a popular Oxfordshire day-ticket lake as carp to over 30lb fed all through the festive period.

Orchid Lake in Dorchester-on-Thames welcomed four hardy anglers on Christmas Day itself, and Kevin Righton managed a December 25 carp of 23lb from the Dead Dog swim.

The 57-year-old, who dressed up as Father Christmas for the catch pic, also bagged a 29lb 12oz mirror on Boxing Day.

 A Christmas Day 23-pounder for Kevin Righton

A Christmas Day 23-pounder for Kevin Righton

He told Carpfeed: "I have only fished Christmas Day once before many years ago when I had five fish, three of them 20s.

"It felt great to catch a 20 on Christmas Day especially out of a cracking lake like Orchid. It was such a buzz!"

 Christmas Day on the bank!

Christmas Day on the bank!

Kevin fished KD rigs with UK Bait Company Pro Evolution boilies in a snowman formation (it is Christmas, after all!), surrounded by 10 free offerings.

 A better one followed on Boxing Day - 29lb 12oz!

A better one followed on Boxing Day - 29lb 12oz!

In the same swim on Christmas Eve, local angler Jack Crook caught a trio of fish topped by a 27lb mirror.

He told Carpfeed: "I did my first night in the New Middles swim but decided to move into Dead Dog for my last night after a guy in Alamo [which is opposite] caught a fish. 

"At around 12.30am on Christmas Eve I caught my first fish which was a 27lb mirror. I then had a 20lb mirror at around 11 am and then 20 minutes later the same rod was away again with a 20lb 3oz mirror. 

"After that I moved another rod to that area and that one was away within 15 minutes but unfortunately I lost that fish."

Jack used solid PVA bags of boilie crumb and single plastic-corn hookbaits.

The venue's good form continued into yesterday [December 27] as Danny Speight managed a brace of 30s from the RH Snag swim.

Danny caught JD at 30lb 12oz and Dumb and Dumber at 31lb 10oz.

 Danny Speight with JD at 30lb 12oz

Danny Speight with JD at 30lb 12oz

 The mirror known as Dumb and Dumber weighed 31lb 10oz

The mirror known as Dumb and Dumber weighed 31lb 10oz