If you think river carping is all about weeks of prebaiting then let this beautiful 30-pounder change your mind.
Connor Bovingdon caught the pretty mirror and a 25lb common from the River Thames during a 12-hour session.
“Both fish were caught from a stretch I haven’t fished before,” the 22-year-old told Carpfeed. “I didn’t prebait, just heavily baited when I turned up to fish.”
The linear is the Ascot, Berkshire, angler’s third Thames 30-pounder and falls just short of his 32lb river pb.
“I walked this stretch a few times a few years back, so thought I’d give it a go,” said the duct fitter.
“Both fish came in the early hours of the morning. The 30 just pulled up tight and was a slow, deep fight all the way to the net.
“However, the smaller common was completely different. It was a screaming take and just wouldn’t stop heading towards the far side near the boats, but with steady pressure I managed to get him back.”
Connor fed 3kg of Sticky Krill and Manilla boilies and fished snowman rigs made with ESP components.