CARP TEAM ENGLAND duo Mark Bartlett and Kevin Hewitt retained their British Carp Angling Championships title after blitzing the final at famous Wraysbury.

And the pair scooped another £20,000 as they weighed in two of the sought-after originals in an eight-carp catch for 218 lb 3 oz.

They included The Long Sutton at 42 lb 8 oz (below) and Not Mike’s Pet at 39 lb 11 oz at the Berkshire venue run by RK Leisure.

Mark and Kevin had a better average size of carp than runners-up, fellow England squad-mates, Wayne Mansford and Ryan Need who also shared eight carp. They had to settle for 189 lb 3 oz and £3,000.

Third spot and £2,000 went to another pair of regular framers in these events – Kevin Grout and Luke Church – with five carp for 108 lb 6 oz.


Weekend of pure carp ‘madness’

“What a turn out for the books …. back-to-back British Carp Angling champions with my life-long mate Kev. And a couple of historic Wraysbury originals along the way,” said Bristol-based Mark  after the final.

“This weekend has been pure madness, a complete emotional rollercoaster to say the least but we got there in the end.

“I’ve got to say Kev fished like an absolute Trojan this weekend and pulled it out the bag for us.”

Mark continued: “We found a couple of clear spots in the weed and fished those closest to where they were showing, just feeding a little bit of hemp, corn and broken boilies and trying not to pressure them too much.

“I’d like to thank the Barlow family for running such a brilliant final and bringing the competition back to its former glory.”

The duo followed up their success with a trip away with England at the World Carp Champs in Hungary. Read Angler’s Mail for latest coverage on premium events like this, and top carp fishing advice to help you catch more fish too.

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