ASHLEY BENNETT had a brilliant mixed week on an urban river with specimen gudgeon, roach and carp.

Ashley tackled his local River Wandle in South West London – a venue which a long history of pollution.

The 37-year-old included four carp topped by a 17 lb zip linear mirror.

His River Wandle sessions also yielded a roach near 2 lb and a gudgeon he estimates not far off the 5 oz British record.

Morden-based Ashley said: “I’ve had some incredible fish including this amazing zip lin that (Urban Banx star) Alan Blair has caught before.”

This impressive River Wandle linear was the star catch in Ashley's run of River Wandle specimens.

This impressive River Wandle linear was the star carp catch in Ashley’s run of specimens.

Ashley continued: “I also had a roach at nearly 2 lb and another gudgeon that was seriously close to the record.

“I had an even bigger gudgeon three years ago and while this wasn’t as big was still pretty big.

Ashley had some jumbo River Wandle gudgeon.

Ashley had some jumbo River Wandle gudgeon.

“I’d rather not say what bait I was using, as it gave me the edge I believe.

“But just say I was using naturals, and I was fishing on a very simple carp set up for the carp. I was touch fishing for the other two using two SSG shot and a hook tied on. Simple but effective.”

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