SPESSY ace Duane McClymont made the long trek down to Nottinghamshire pay off when he landed three hefty barbel.

Duane McClymont travelled down to the River Trent and the effort paid off with this 15 lb 5 oz barbel plus another two doubles.

The bricklayer from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, said: “I made the long drive down to the tidal River Trent on Friday morning in anticipation for the new season.

“Arriving at my venue at 9.30 am I hatched my plan to trickle bait in throughout the day ready for midnight.

“I had one fish the opening night at 11 lb 2 oz. At day break I brought my rods in to rest the swim and trickle more bait in, a move that paid off.

“On Saturday night I had just returned an 11 lb fish when I noticed a single nod of the tip on my second rod.

“Hovering ready to strike it slightly twitched once more and I struck. At first I was simply leading it straight in as if it was a bream but once in the margins it woke up going on several long runs.

“Once in the net I knew it was something a bit special. It is the perfect start and something to get me motivated for the season ahead,” concluded Duane.

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