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