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.


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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