Plenty of carp anglers have been taking advantage of the start of the river season, with catches reported across the country.
Leading the way was Richard Easom on the Trent with a 28lb 6oz common and 22lb 7oz mirror.
On the Severn, Josh Cox had a pretty urban mirror on a piece of baguette, while over on the Wye at Monmouth Anto Roberts bagged a turbo-charged 17lb 2oz carp.
Trent angler Richard Easom tackled up with beefy gear but told us it’s all about the feed. He said: “I personally feel river carping is down to bait and how often you can prebait without actually putting the rod in the water, this greatly enhance your chances.
“I prebaited a week before the season began with mixed boilies and adopted a simple approach, casting to the farside margin close to boulders.”
He used 40lb braided mainline, a 60lb Dressen X leader and size 2 Bank Tackle Continental hooks tied to 25lb Kryston Dark Mantis. He baited with Redemption boilies from 3 Foot Twitch and used heavy drop-off leads.
On the Wye, Monmouth-based Anto Roberts was targeting barbel when he saw a carp in his swim.
Casting out at 4am on June 16, the 58-year-old had no action for the first few hours before spotting the carp.
He said: “This carp swam around in my swim for about an hour on the surface. The time was about 8.30am and there were still no still no signs of any barbel.”
Just when he thought the carp had left the swim, Anto got a chub-like bite and wound down to the fish.
“As the lined tightened it felt like I was snagged, so I tried my best to release it then I felt a tug. It just held bottom and I thought it could be the good double-figure barbel I had hoped for.
“All of a sudden this thing went off like a locomotive straight to the weed in the margins. After a lengthy battle I managed to land what turned out to be a good river mirror carp.”
Anto used a 3 Foot Twitch dumbbell and groundbait-feeder tactics.
Josh Cox had a close encounter on the Severn, managing to lower a piece baguette on to this mirror’s nose during a quick session.
The 20-year-old said: “After blanking the first two days of the season I had holiday booked off work so I decided to go for a session and luckily took my 6ft Dwarf rod with me.
“I found a few really nice carp sunning themselves and spotted a mirror on its own.
“I lowered a piece of baguette and size 8 Kurv on a Bread Bomb and this banger was the result. I hadn’t even been there 20 minutes! I’m buzzing to have had one so early on.