England manager's extreme overnighter on Europe's largest lake

England manager's extreme overnighter on Europe's largest lake

What do you do if you've spent an exhausting weekend marshaling your nation's carp team through a gruelling World Carp Championship?

Well, if you're Carp Team England boss Rob Hughes, you decide not to catch up on sleep but head to a 146,300-acre water for the ultimate 'cheeky overnighter'.

 Hungary's incredible Lake Balaton

Hungary's incredible Lake Balaton

Rob had watched his international charges battle valiantly without success in Hungary (see video below for his summary), but despite missing out on a medal decided he wanted to do some fishing of his own.

After the 26-team, three-day tournament, which was won convincingly by Ukraine, Rob scrounged some tackle and headed straight to the enormous Lake Balaton.

He told Carpfeed: "I've just finished the world championships but I'm staying out in Budapest to work on a TV programme.

"I was at a loose end on Sunday night and decided I wanted to have a look at Balaton.

"It's the biggest lake in Europe at 146,300 acres and I couldn't resist getting the rods out.

 Did he catch? Of course he did!

Did he catch? Of course he did!

"I managed to scrounge some gear together to do a quick overnighter. Bait, reels and alarms from some of the England boys, and the rest of the kit from a Hungarian pal of mine.

"Just being here is incredible. It's enormous and you can't see the other side in some places.

"I was absolutely buzzing last night, despite the complete exhaustion of the last two weeks.It genuinely was a quick overnighter as I have to work today for an edit, but I was lucky enough to tag a brace of carp.

"Now that's what I call short-session extreme carping!"

 One of Rob's two Balaton carp

One of Rob's two Balaton carp