This trio of winter carp is proof that one good deed deserves another.
Matthew Howard donated “a huge amount of money” to charity to win a 24-hour session with Nash’s Alan Blair and their day together turned into an ice-dodging adventure.
The pair fished lakes, a canal and a tidal river in that time – with only the running water escaping the freeze up!
Alan told Angling Times: “It was a mega adventure and a great result for freezing conditions.”
Matthew was with Alan after donating to Lucy’s Bowl in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the 24-hour Essex adventure began at a stillwater.
Said Alan: “What with it being winter and freezing cold, rather than sit it out on one water I took him on a bit of an adventure – to keep us warm! – that saw us fishing a gravel pit, canal and tidal river!
“Matt’s first fish was a lovely common from Chigboro Fisheries just before the entire lake froze over!”
The duo then moved to a canal, but that also froze up, so they headed for running water and Matt was rewarded with two fish at once.
“The brace was actually a double take from the tidal river as both the lakes and canal froze up,” said Alan. “I think Matt was surprised enough when the first rod went, but to have a second take literally as the first fish went in the net was epic!
“We then looked at another tidal river but the tide was all wrong now and there was too much saltwater backed up. We finally looked at a park lake but that was completely frozen solid.”
Matt fished Nash Citruz pop-ups on chods and multi rigs made with Nash Chod Twister hooks.