Upper-30 river carp in sight after ghostie

Upper-30 river carp in sight after ghostie

Teenager Harvey Stimpson caught this colourful river carp but has vowed to land one almost twice its size from the same stretch.

The 16-year-old netted the 21lb ghostie after a series of reconnaissance missions to the Lee Valley river on his bicycle, though a much bigger fish has now captured his imagination.

Harvey with his 20, but he's eyeing a much bigger one!

Harvey with his 20, but he's eyeing a much bigger one!

The trainee carpenter said: “I’ve been watching this river with a friend, passing by on our bikes and baiting little gravel patches and areas of light weed beneath our feet.

“I’ve been looking down with the polarising glasses, watching each fish drift in one at a time.

“I had been prebaiting my swim for a week and started to get them on the grub and managed to get this beaut.

“I’m now aiming for my target of a river 30.

“I’ve had an upper-30 in my swim and it’s spat my bait out three times. This stunning fish is called the Metre Long, it’s the biggest river carp I’ve ever seen and is definitely getting confident on my bait.”

Harvey used Sticky Krill White Ones pop-ups over sweetcorn and crushed Sticky Manilla boilies soaked in matching glug.

He presented his hookbait on a 3ins-long multi rig with a size-5 Nash Fang Twister hook.