Ever since I started fishing for predators there has been one fish I have been itching to catch. A fish I believed to be few and far between and restricted to just a handful of waters. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this fish, in the eyes of some it is vermin and in the eyes of others it is greatly revered. I am of course talking about zander.
After getting a quick message from Luke Fox asking if I was chucking some plastic tomorrow, a plan was born. It wasn't long before Luke, Josh, Will and I were meeting at 4.30am ready to head off to the Grand Union Canal on our first quest for Zander. I would be using the Graphiteleader Bosco and Exage again. My plan was to use light and bright lures and work my lure slowly and close to the bottom.
It didn't take long before I had my first fish of 2014 and my first ever zander. Not exactly a monster but a PB none the less at 1lb 2oz. This one fell to a 3.5" Gary Yamamoto Swim-bait in white with an added spinner blade.
Luke was next to score with a much better fish. He rushed the fish back and forgot to weigh it but he gave himself 2lb 8oz I would have said it was 3lb, either way it was also his first fish of 2014 and a new PB.
After these two fish things went quiet and we were really scratching for another fish. It was hard work but eventually I manged one more about three quarters of a pound and fairly quickly followed by another, even smaller still but that was to be it for the rest of the day. A little bit wiser now and with some more research I am keen to smash that PB, watch this space.
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