Nene giant falls for homemade boilie

Former Drennan Cup champion Jamie Cartwright kicked off his autumn barbel campaign in fine style with this 14lb 7oz barbel.
Fishing a stretch of the River Nene, the Northamptonshire Specimen Group member put his faith in a home-made boilie wrapped in matching paste and it did the trick in a swim which contained an underwater snag.
The Northampton specimen hunter used a running leger rig made with 15lb mainline, a 20lb coated braid hooklink and a size 6 Drennan ESP hook.
“I was really glad that I was using such robust tackle because it put up the best fight I’ve ever encountered from a barbel in a swim that really tested my tackle to the maximum due to the hidden snag that was grating on my mainline,” said Jamie.