16lb 2oz zander from River Trent

This huge 16lb 2oz zander is proof why many regard the River Trent as one of the UK’s finest big fish waters.

Nottingham-based specialist Stuart Jessop has had his fair share of blanks on the river so far this winter, but a he had a ‘hunch’ that the big zander would go on the feed before recent snowmelt found its way into the watercourse to thank for his impressive specimen.

The fish fell to a legered chub deadbait mounted on size 8 trebles which were attached to a wire trace and 15lb mainline.

“I’ve been putting loads of time in on the river this season and even though it’s been very frustrating at times I knew I had the chance of something really special and I was right,” said Stuart.

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