530lb of bream banked from the River Trent

Triple-figure weights are usually associated with commercial venues, but Wayne Ibbotson proved natural waterways are more than capable of producing bumper bags when he landed 530lb of bream from the bang-in-form River Trent.

The Bawtry, South Doncaster-based ace managed to net an astonishing 58 slabs for 255lb at Winthorpe Dyke, before going one better with 62 bream for 275lb from Crankley Point just days later.

He told Angling Times: “I took some local advice and headed to where the lads at R&R Sports told me to go. The bream were already there waiting for me, so action was pretty much instant! During the first session, I must have put 240lb in the net in four hours before sport slowed. My current record on the Trent is 286lb in one session, but I’m confident I can break the 300lb barrier next year.”

Wayne used a simple groundbait feeder approach to compile both his huge nets, with maggot and caster on the hook. His angling companion, Paul Howard, also got in on the action, taking 166lb during the Crankley Point outing on the same methods as his friend.

l Match anglers too have been taking advantage of the top-notch Trent bream sport, with an incredible 143lb needed to win a recent event at Hamms Bridge, near Shelford.

Using groundbait feeder and worm tactics, Lincoln AA rod John Turner managed to tempt a steady procession of slabs to 8lb to take top spot from peg 15 during the Nottingham AA match.

Terry Ashton, at the next peg, fished the same tactics for 11 bream to 10lb for a 66lb 5oz total. The Nottingham rod’s three largest fish weighed 26lb.