Simon and his 23lb tidal Trent carp

Simon Wigglesworth fished the tidal Trent below Dunham Bridge to take a catch of four big carp.

Simon, who was targeting barbel, used hair rigged halibut pellet hookbaits in this severely tidal reach of the Trent where the river is 200 yards wide.

The fish, weighing 23lb, 18lb, 16lb and 15lb (plus a few ounces each) were taken on the rising tide. They fought extremely hard and were in superb condition. The 23lb fish was the only mirror, the rest being commons.

The only barbel Simon took in that session weighed 6lb 3oz.