One of the largest hauls of surface-caught carp in history

A father-and-son duo have shared one of the biggest hauls of surface-caught carp ever recorded after landing over 800lb of fish in just 12 hours.

Steve Lee took his 10-year-old son Louis to Drayton Reservoir in Daventry, Northants, to hone his carp fishing skillsŠbut they both got more than they bargained for when they netted 100 carp to 17lb.

The anglers, from Marston Moretaine, Beds, arrived at pegs 36 and 37 on the famous ‘boards’ at 6am and as soon as their surface rigs, baited with imitation dog biscuits, hit the water, they were battling with carp.

It was the pair’s constant spodding of Chum Mixers that kept a huge shoal of carp feeding and by the time they’d packed away their rods, that were rigged up with 10lb line, size 10 hooks and Nash bubble floats, they had fed an astounding 5kg of the bait.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that day at Drayton because I don’t think we once managed to get both rods in the rests for the whole 12 hours,” Steve told Angling Times.

“We were having to spod out our freebies and then cast over the top because the hookbait would have been taken before we had a chance to feed. In the end the action was so prolific that Louis was getting a bit bored - we didn’t get a minute’s rest all day!” he added.