Rob Hughes completes Italian Job in style

Rob Hughes completes Italian Job in style

Rob Hughes ticked off two new year’s resolutions at once on his latest Euro trip.

The globetrotting Carp Team England manager set himself the target of catching a 50lb-plus common and a large fish from Italy in 2018 – and with this monster he completed.

The 58lb common came during a filming trip for Rob’s On The Bank series on BT Sport.

 Mission accomplished! 58lb of Italian common

Mission accomplished! 58lb of Italian common

Speaking to Carpfeed from Italy, he said: “Just reporting in from one of my little ‘carpventures’ again and filming for On The Bank – this time in Italy.

“It’s bloody cold, -4c at night, but lovely and sunny in the day.

“I set myself a target of trying to catch a big Italian fish this year and I’ve also want to catch a common over 50lb as I haven’t had one for a while.

“Lo and behold, my first bite and this thing comes along at 58lb – happy days!”

Rob used a 3oz inline flat pear lead and a short 25lb Fox Reflex hooklink tied to a size 7 Fox Edges Wide Gap Beaked Point hook.

This was placed inside what Rob called a "big old bunker buster" of a solid PVA bag stuffed with 3mm pellets and his critically balanced 12mm pineapple and banana hookbait.