River record bar­bel from the Nene

Swim change sees river giant fall to trimmed-down boilie

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

THE River Nene bar­bel record has been smashed with the cap­ture of a mas­sive 18lb 3oz spec­i­men (above).

The in­cred­i­ble fish was landed by big-fish ace Nigel Bryans, who tempted it on a trimmed-down 3ft Twitch Lam­prey and Smoked Her­ring boilie.

It was a short un­planned evening ses­sion that turned into the trip of a life­time for the 53-year-old Lin­colnshire an­gler, and Nigel has now beaten his own of­fi­cial record for the wa­ter­way, which he has held since 2012, by 11oz.

Fish­ing on a Peter­bor­ough & Dis­trict Angling As­so­ci­a­tion stretch of the river, Nigel ini­tially fed a swim with free­bie boilies.

But he was soon up­ping sticks after mak­ing what would turn out to be a huge dis­cov­ery: “I have fished the venue for years and usu­ally start in the same swim, but after feed­ing the spot I went for a walk and spot­ted this huge fish hid­ing in the weed.

“I knew it was one of the big­ger bar­bel in the stretch, so I moved my gear and de­cided to go after it,” he said.

Within an hour of cast­ing out his leger rig at­tached to a PVA bag of match­ing bro­ken and whole boilies, Nigel’s tip flew round. De­spite a spir­ited fight the fish was no match for his size 14 hook, 2ft of 15lb Gard­ner Trick­ster braid hook­length and 18lb braided main­line.

The bar­bel, thought to be the same spec­i­men that was banked at a weight of 18lb by Gary John­son back in June, was weighed and re­turned with the help of a wit­ness, al­low­ing Nigel to claim a new venue record.

“I am re­ally proud to break my own per­sonal record for the river – the fish­ing has been hard this year, so to catch this fish, es­pe­cially with the river be­ing so low and clear, is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing,” he added.

Nigel Bryans’ 18lb 3oz Nene record bar­bel.

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