Cracking carp in the heat for Katie Watkinson

Cracking carp in the heat for Katie Watkinson

A session in the heat at an ‘off-the-radar’ venue gave Katie Watkinson this cracking mirror.

The interior designer timed her session to escape the worst of the scorching temperatures and caught the 26-pounder at first light.

She said: “"It was my first session back on my off-the-radar venue.

“It was a scorching-hot day so I arrived in the evening to avoid the heat. My first choice of swim was sadly taken but I fished two rods either side of a snaggy sunken island at 12 wraps.

“At first light – 4.30am – I had a slow take that I thought was a bream but I landed this lovely looking mirror at 26lb on the nose.”

Katie with her 26lb mirror

Katie with her 26lb mirror

Katie presented a white CC Moore Live System pop-up on a hinged stiff rig over a spread of 18mm Live System freebies.

The fish came at dawn during a scorching spell

The fish came at dawn during a scorching spell