This river stunner gave James Morley a new personal best.
The heavily scaled mirror fell to the 25-year-old at dawn on the middle section of the River Trent.
The Rotherham angler said: “After a campaign to catch a big barbel resulted in a 16lb 1oz specimen I decided it was time to change my attention to the carp in the middle Trent.
“I altered my tactics, so I shortened my hooklengths to 8ins and baited up several slow slack areas with approximately 1.5Kg of 3 Foot Twitch Lamprey boilies.
“At first light this resulted in a drop back followed by a delayed run, and the result was this amazing heavily scaled 26lb 8oz river carp which is a new pb for me!”
James presented a 3 Foot Twitch Lamprey bottom bait and Redemption White pop-up in a snowman formation on a size 6 Fox Edges SSSP hook and Korda N-Trap hooklink. He used a 4oz gripper lead on a clip system and 15lb mainline.
“I was absolutely over the moon to catch this and it takes the pressure off slightly moving on to our syndicate lake in March when the rivers closed,” added James.