Brace of 40lb+ winter carp in five-night stint

A brace of forties is a fine achievement at any time of the year, but it’s even more impressive when taken during the winter. One angler to accomplish such a feat was Greg Dring, who  banked mirrors of 48lb 8oz and 41lb 14oz in a five-night stint on Darenth Big Lake in Kent.

Both carp came after the 21-year-old moved on to a group of showing fish following an uneventful first night on the 14-acre venue. Having had success in the same swim earlier in the year, he positioned one rod in a clear channel at 20yds and his second further out towards an island at 80yds.

“A few hours after the move I received a take from the close-in spot, and the fish felt heavy all the way in,” he told Angling Times. “When I saw it in the net I knew I’d smashed my pb of 31lb, but I was still amazed when the scales settled on 48lb 8oz.”

Unfortunately, the next morning Greg lost a big fish he suspected weighed over 30lb when the hook pulled ¬ but his disappointment was short-lived.

“That night I had a take on the island rod, and because it felt like another decent carp I played it quite carefully as I didn’t want to lose two in a row. After another powerful scrap I netted the fish, and was stunned when I weighed in my second forty of the session.”

The South Croydon-based retail manager offered 10mm Mainline Pineapple pop-ups over a handful of corn, hemp and whole and chopped ACE Baits boilies, on size 8 Korda Choddy hooks and 10lb Berkley Trilene XL Smooth hooklinks.