Throughout this period, whilst I was Piking, I was also switching over to another river to try and find some decent zander, as I knew there had been a lot of bream coming out of this section to the match anglers. On one of the days, I had started early as I knew the zander were coming out during the day, which is quite rare in the fens. I had all 4 rods on a running ledger set up, using mentally strong 30lb Kinetic Braid in 30lb; 2 were on large eel section, 1 was on a skimmer bream live bait and the final on a roach live bait. I had started off leap frogging the rods until I had found the fish, and only on the second move I was into pike, so I stuck in the spot for a couple of hours, until one of my eel sections started to move off. Initially, I thought it must have been another pike, judging by the fight and the weight, but as I got it in close and it came to the surface I realised it was a huge zander! In fact, I actually got my feet wet to net it and when I looked at it in the net, I knew straight away it was a special fish. I weighed it at 14lb 3oz and it was fat as a pig. I phoned my dad to ask him to come and take the pictures for me and when he realised where I was, he stuttered and commented that was about a 2-mile walk! I now realise when I try and find a spot, distance and effort isn’t a factor I think about, I just do it. Oh, and thanks Dad.
In conclusion of my year, I was going to name this article, ‘A Tough Year’, but I have realised that it was only tough in terms of the time I spent fishing, but my results speak for themselves and I am just hopeful the new season carries on to be a very productive year too.