CHARLIE COPPOLO thought he might have found a river carp spot - but ended up with three very big bream topped by this 10 lb 4 oz 'bin lid'.

The versatile specimen fish ace tempted the hefty river bream from a local venue.

Charlie, a 32-year-old tattoo artist from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, told Angler’s Mail how he did it…

He explained: “After scoping out a new spot on my local River Chelmer, using my inflatable boat and my Deeper Chirp+, I located a nice deep spot. It was 12-15 ft, whereas most of the surrounding river is 4-5 ft.

“I thought it might hold some of the resident carp population so I prebaited on the Saturday and fished it on the Sunday.”

Specimen fish switch

Charlie continued: “I didn’t catch any carp, but I did have a couple of reasonable bream in the morning up to 8 lb.

“So I decided to nip back to my van and get my ‘tip rod out to have a go for the bream properly on lighter gear.

“I set up a makeshift bomb rig with a 12 mm Mainline Activ-8 dumbbell as a hook bait.

“I was glad I did as 30 minutes later I slipped the net under my first double-figure river bream at 10 lb 4 oz.

“I was really chuffed. And it just goes to show that when you’re an all-rounder, you have the ability to adapt to any angling situation and capitalise,” added Charlie.

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