Daniel Hadman achieved his target of catching a 30lb-plus carp from the River Nene in style with a brace of specimens for a combined weight of over 64lb.
The Peterborough-based car salesman spent two weeks prebaiting a stretch on his local waterway with Premium Carp Fishing Pickled Krill 24mm boilies in a bid to avoid the shoals of bream.
Arriving in the early hours of the morning he received a screaming take within 20 minutes of casting out and following a slow and heavy fight he netted a 28lb 5oz common.
“Shortly afterwards my alarm signalled another fast take and I was flat-rodded by the fish as I tried to slow its initial run,” Daniel told Angling Times. “I eventually got it close to the net and for some reason flicked my head torch on to have a peek. This proved to be a massive mistake as I spooked what looked to be an upper-thirty mirror and as it flew off down the margin my hook pulled.”
He didn’t have long to lick his wounds, however, as just after first light the third fish of the trip made its mistake.
“Another slow and heavy fight followed so I knew it was a decent fish. I guided what I could see was a 30lb-plus common towards the net and let out an almighty roar when it went over the cord.”
On the bank his prize tipped the scales at a weight of 35lb 11oz. “To say I was made up is an understatement and I would class 64lb of river commons as one of my best ever fishing results,” he added.