CHRIS BARTLE knew he wasn’t getting the best results from his local river on trotting tactics so decided to freeline maggot for this stunning bag of roach.

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Unlike most anglers who hardly ever freeline – or if they do use a big bait like breadcrust or slug – Chris opted for a single maggot on the River Idle in Nottinghamshire.

Administrator Chris, 23, from East Retford, nabbed a new roach PB at 2 lb 1 oz, two more stunners at 2 lb and a 1 lb 12 oz sample using a size 18 hook to a 2.5 lb trace.

Chris said: “I had seen some big roach while lure fishing with my brother a few days previous so I decided to see if I could get a new PB stalking them.

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