Natural baits the key to barbel success for Danny

A decision to use natural baits helped Danny Spring bag this 14lb 6oz barbel during his latest outing on the River Ivel.

Rather than pile in mounds of pellets and boilies, the Biggleswade, Beds-based rod opted to fire maggots in on a little and often basis and was rewarded when the beast fell for a bunch of grubs presented in a pacey area of the waterway.

A tense battle occurred, before the fish eventually slid over the net after it succumbed to the pressure of a float rig that consisted of 7lb mainline and a 6lb hooklink to a size 14 Drennan Wide Gape Super Specialist hook.