Thames carp expert Ben Hinton ended the river season in style with a familiar 30-pounder and this lean 28lb 6oz mirror.
The 3ft-long river brute fell on the last morning of the traditional close season and rounded off a successful year for the DNA Baits-backed angler.
Ben said: “After a dire winter trying to locate the Thames nomads I finally found them three days before the season ended. The first bite was the one I call the Friendly Fully at 31lb 15oz – the fourth time this season she has graced my net!
“With that capture, the fish moved about half a mile upstream where I managed to intercept them again on the last morning of the river season. I had prepped a spot a few days previously with hemp and sweetcorn soaked in DNA Baits’ new sticky sweet liquid and balled this up in some breadcrumb as the coots and tufted ducks were clearing any boilie I put out.
“I awoke on the last morning of the season with coots diving all over the spot and picking up my hookbait. But knowing the carp can be curious I sat on my hands and left the rigs in place even though the birds were picking them up every couple of minutes. Just after 8am one of the rods pulled up tight and line started whizzing off the spool – this was no coot pick up!
“A fairly hard fight followed but lady luck was on my side and I managed to slip the net under this 3ft-long 28lb 6oz linear.”
Both fish fell to 18mm DNA Wraysberrie pop-ups fished on Gardner Sly Skin hooklinks.