Schoolboy puts dad to shame and catches two carp for 66lb

Sean Spurgeon, son of well-known carper Steve, gave his dad a lesson in banking specimen carp when he took a brace of thirties to 35lb 13oz - while his father blanked.

Both fish were personal bests for the 15-year-old schoolboy and were caught from the same spot on the far margin of an Essex syndicate lake.

“I saw a fish stick its head out while I was setting up so I quickly cast a rod to it.

Later that night it tore off and I banked my first thirty in the form of a 30lb 7oz mirror,” said Sean. “I got the rod back out on the spot but struggled to sleep as I was so excited. Just after first light I had another take and broke my pb for the second time. Although Dad didn’t manage to catch one I’m sure he was just as happy as I was with my result!”

His successful rig was constructed from 25lb Fox Coretex which was knotless knotted to a size 6 Arma-Point XSC hook. On to this he mounted a Mainline Cell boilie topped with half a Pineapple Juice dumbell pop-up.

This was fished at 140yds range with about 40 freebies and a small amount of Mainline Cell Response Pellet.