Rob Hughes ‘scrounges’ kit from lads in Eng­land carp team and banks a brace from huge146,300-acre venue dur­ing quick­fire

Angling Times (UK) - - THE INSIDER -

WHAT do you do if you’ve spent an ex­haust­ing week­end mar­shalling your na­tion’s carp team through a gru­elling World Carp Cham­pi­onship?

Well, if you’re Carp Team Eng­land boss Rob Hughes, you de­cide not to catch up on sleep but head to a 146,300-acre wa­ter for cheeky ‘overnighter’ in­stead!

Rob had watched his in­ter­na­tional charges bat­tle valiantly with­out suc­cess in Hun­gary, but de­spite miss­ing out on a medal de­cided he wanted to do some fish­ing of his own.

Af­ter the 26-team, three-day tour­na­ment, which was won con­vinc­ingly by Ukraine, Rob scrounged some tackle and headed straight to the enor­mous Lake Bala­ton.

He told Carpfeed: “I’d just fin­ished the World CCham­pi­onships but was sched­uled to stay out in Bu­dapest to work on a TV pro­gramme.

“I was at a loose end on Sun­day night so de­cided I wanted to have a look at Bala­ton. It’s the big­gest lake in Cen­tral Europe and I couldn’t re­sist get­ting the rods out!”

Did he catch? Of course he did!

“I scrounged some gear to­gether bait, reels and alarms - from some of the Eng­land boys, and the rest of the kit from a Hun­gar­ian pal of mine. Just be­ing there is in­cred­i­ble. It’s enor­mous and you can’t see the other side in some places.

“I was ab­so­lutely buzzing, de­spite the com­plete ex­haus­tion of the pre­vi­ous two weeks. It gen­uinely was a quick overnighter as I had to work the fol­low­ing day for an edit, but I was lucky enough to tag a brace of carp.”

Now that’s what we call short-ses­sion ex­treme carp­ing!

Ef­fort equals re­ward: Rob with one half of his overnight brace.

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