JAMES HOWES didn’t mind a 300-mile round trip from East Anglia for a day session as it produced this stunning brace of big crucians.

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James’s big crucians, rewarding him for hours on the road, scaled 4 lb 2 oz (top fish) and 4 lb.

Tackling an undisclosed lake, the 36-year-old used a 35 g Method feeder and short braided hooklink, deliberately targeting the big crucians.

His size 16 hook had a hair-rigged fake caster for bait, and it was fished over groundbait, dead maggot and micro pellet.

Diss, Norfolk-based James said: “It is a long way for a day, and this was only my third day session on the venue.

“I did a day in July, another in August, and will do one next month which will probably be my last day session until next year. With work, and having a young family, it’s difficult to go very often or for longer.

“I usually leave home at 2am, get to the lake around 5 am and fish through till dark before heading back home again.

“It’s been worth the long drive as I’ve caught on all three trips so far.

“I’m still in shock to be honest at the brace of ‘4s’ I had. They were my only two fish and fell at 35 yards over ten Spombs of bait.

“The biggest crucian beat my previous PB by 10 oz which was also caught from the same lake back in July,” concluded the coastal repairs maintenance operative.

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