This incredible 42lb 10oz carp from the River Thames is the culmination of a summer of hard graft for Ash Geden.
The Berkshire angler has been fishing the river for two months but nearly decided against going fishing on the day that brought this running-water monster.
“I had not planned to fish last night,” said Ash, “having been flat out on the bank recently and in need of a break, but while sitting at home licking my wounds looking at the moon and weather apps I thought to myself ‘you’re mad for not fishing’.
“Telling myself not to give up, I jumped in the motor around 10pm and set off on my mission. I am so glad I did!”
The fish came to a spot that Ash had baited regularly with Dynamite Complex-T boilies and Krill Pulses & Particles.
He said: “After a fair few weeks spent tracking them down on the river I had a couple of smaller mirrors a few weeks back from the spot and was also unlucky to lose a 3ft-long common at the net last week.
“Then I had a hook pull within seconds of hitting into a heavy fish just after 3am last Thursday morning.”
All that was forgotten when this personal best picked up Ash’s Complex-T Fluro hookbait on a hinged stiff rig made with a RidgeMonkey hook and ESP materials.