This blog follows me on my travels to try and catch specimen freshwater fish of all species including carp, tench, pike, barbel, perch, roach, rudd and chub. This blog also looks into the various tactics, baits and rigs sucessfully used to catch specimen coarse fish. I have also included a venue guide giving information on open access waters accross England. This is located on the menu to the right of this page under Choppedworm venue guide.
An Oxfordshire beauty nearly 30lb
29lb 2oz of stunning Oxfordhire carp. This fish usually comes out over 32lb
32lb Linear from the Colne Valley. This fished is called the Cut Tail Linear and is an old original.
25lb Common carop from Farlows Lake
Another picture of the Cut Tail Linear at 32lb
A strange looking 21lb mirror
A 25lb 12oz mirror from Thorney Weir in West Drayton.
A cracking scaley mirror caught from a low stock lake 2012.20lb
22lb 6oz of stunning mirror carp
My first fish from the small pit. A wood carved 20lb fully scaled mirror. The greatest looking carp I have ever seen. One of only 28 fish in 5 acres!!!
24lb common carp from Twynersh fishing complex pit four.
20lb two tone mirror from Hardwick lake Oxfordshire Linear Fisheries
Another small pit mirror caught in 2013. The only fish to show for five days of consecutive fishing.
My greatest carping achievement. Top Pond Common from the notoriously hard Keston Ponds at 20lb on the money. This fish is over 50 years old and is rarely landed.
A 25lb Hardwick Mirror
scraper 20lb common from another hard lake. This fish is one of 20 in 24 acres. The venue was Chertsey on a Cemex ticket. I fished the season there with Terry Hearn who later went on to catch the big mirror at 54lb!!!!
A beautiful 8lb 2oz tench from the small pit
A 5lb+ Eel
4lb 8oz Eel
4lb + Eel from a 100 acre sand pit
My first double figure Barbel caught from the upper stretches of the Medway in 2013. At 10lb 8oz I was elated.
8lb Barbel from the Medway
PB 11lb 7oz
Another shot of my 11lb Barbel
5lb 10oz Chub caught from the Medway using traditional methods that included using my faithful centerpin reel.
A 4lb+ Chub from a tiny river
5lb Medway Chub
A 5lb+ River Eden Chub
5lb Chub from the Eden
5lb 11oz of Thames chub. 30.01.2016
An upper Medway chub
My PB pike at 14lb
3lb 1oz River Perch
11lb of wild common caught surface fishing on a lake in Cornwall
Another smaller but perfect wild looking common
A small but scaly mirror from the small pit
A dumpy small pit mirror at 20lb
Not big but a cracking looking jack pike caught on my local lake on a plug
12lb 9oz Bream from a southern gravel pit.
A nice double figure bream
9lb Bream from a small water
An immaculate 22lb common
This cat put up a great fight and at 49lb 4oz (UK) I couldn't complain
2lb 6oz 8dr of Specimen Rudd
PB 2lb 11oz Roach
2lb 6oz Roach
2lb on the money
2lb 10oz Norfolk roach
Joint PB 2lb 11oz
A different 2lb 6oz Rudd
A scale perfect roach weighing exactly 2lb from a 36 acre Oxfordshire gravel pit