KEV Hewitt received an early birthday present in the form of this 36lb 6oz mirror caught in the snow from Orchid Lake.
The specimen, known as Big Ron, came during a three night session on the popular Oxfordshire day-ticket water.
Kev, who manages Cotswold Angling in Swindon, had to shake a layer of snow from his rod and reel as the fish tore off at first light.
It was his first 30lb-plus carp to be caught in the month of January and arrived just a day before his 29th birthday.
He said: “I turned up after work on Saturday just on dark and on Sunday morning I moved into a swim where my mate had blanked but where I’d seen a fish show.
“I plumbed the swim quite extensively and found a shallower area on gravel at about 80 yards’ range.”
Kev fished CC Moore Live System corkball pop-ups on hinged-stiff rigs and had action at all hours of the day to land three twenties, a double and the thirty. Each capture was followed by the introduction of 200 free offerings.
“When I was planning the session I saw the forecast and hoped for a thirty in the snow on my birthday, and it all came together a day early,” said Kev, “I love photography and I don’t think anything comes close to a big carp in these conditions.”