Like most years recently the winter has been spent fluttering around the river, the Hampshire Avon more specifically and then in the spring when the season finishes I would normally start fishing a 50 acre club water, however this year was to pan out slightly differently.
Throughout 2018 I had been quite successful and regularly catching carp from the river out of a swim known as the stones. The swim is located on probably the widest part of the stretch making it fairly slow, with a large bush above the swim creating a lovely slack down stream.
Throughout January and February when the barbel were not playing ball I decided to fish for carp again, and what better place to start than in the swim I was fishing earlier in the year. After a bit of pre baiting I made the odd trip down during the first couple of weeks in January catching a few mirrors and commons around the mid double mark. Then after an accident at work resulting in my wrist being in a splint for two weeks, I decided to have a go knowing it was probably not the best of ideas. I plotted up for the afternoon in the stones and while having a sandwich my downstream rod burst into life. After a slow heavy fight I landed a largish mirror which I recognised to be one I had caught in the summer at 21lb. She was weighed and a few pictures taken with me struggling to hold her properly with my damaged wrist and the metal splint stopping me bending my wrist. She weighed 23lb 4oz and some self takes were taken of a new PB river carp.