River Thames, Hampton Court to Kingston upon Thames
The Hampton Court stretch of the river Thames is perhaps one of the most well known amongst carp anglers. With so many visitors, if you are an angler walking over the bridge it is hard not to stop and take a look over towards the palace and the river below.
During the summer months once the rivers are open you will often see bivvies all along this stretch which can make it a little off-putting to those looking for a quiet tucked away river swim. But there have been numerous reports of carp up to 30 lb from this stretch, usually being caught from the near-bank marginal drop off and in-line with the furthest bridge support when casting towards the palace bank.
This is a very wide section of river with lots of tourists who sometimes stop along the palace bank to feed any passing swans and ducks, so not only is there the angler’s bait, but also the bread used to feed the ducks that sinks to the bottom.…