If you think Thames carping is just for summer, Dan Lainton’s pair of winter river 30s might just change your mind.
The 34-year-old banked a 33lb 4oz leather on Friday [Feb 15], just a month after catching a 31lb 2oz common.
Dan, from Molesey in Surrey, had both fish from the same area of the river.
He told Carpfeed: “Two 30lb-plus personal bests in a month is unreal. It’s sure made up for the long, hard Thames season.
“That’s the blessing I have every year, I just can’t get the same buzz from any lake.”
Dan added: “I’ve been fishing the Thames since I was a kid but started to fish for carp at about 14 or 15 when a mate of a mate caught a 32lb mirror which nearly pulled him into the Thames.
“Before these two fish, my pb Thames carp was a 30lb mirror, which took 12 years to catch.”
Speaking of the area where the two 30s came from, the builder said: “I've been fishing this area for the last 10 years. I bait up in large areas, not swims, as you can't keep river carp in one or two swims as it’s miles long and they don't need anglers’ bait.
“The common gave me a few beeps on the alarm and then the fastest take I’ve ever seen. I picked up the rod knowing it was a good fish straight away. Using very powerful rods it was bent in half to a very angry carp.
“The leather carp was a steady take, which I was on like a flash as you can’t give them a second.
“This fish just stayed deep, plodding up and down and using the flow to its advantage. I tried netting it once – nope! – second time – nope! – third time lucky!
“I knew it was 30lb-plus, it was so wide.”
Dan used Nash Scopex Squid bottom baits, 6ft leadcore leaders, size 4 hooks, Jelly Wire hooklinks, and 4oz and 5oz leads.