Rumours turn to reality in Trent zander chase

Following up rumours can often pay dividends, as Wayne Easom found when he banked this 15lb zander from the River Trent – one of a trio of huge zeds taken by the nation’s anglers this week.

After hearing whispers of several double-figure fish being taken from a Pride of Derby AA-controlled stretch last year, Wayne (37) decided to dust off his predator gear and go for an exploratory session to the area in the hope of beating his 10lb 8oz zander personal best.

The 37-year-old took several perch to 2lb early on, before his Prologic Rattlehead lure was taken by something much bigger just as the light began to fade.

“It hit the lure pretty hard but I was soon in control and to be honest I wasn’t expecting anything too special to be on the other end. Then it surfaced and I was shocked – it was absolutely huge and I knew straight away that I’d set a new pb” said an elated Wayne, whose fish is one of the largest zander ever recorded from the River Trent.

l Another angler getting among the big zander was Mark Simmonds, who quashed the myth that zander dislike sea baits after taking a 15lb 4oz specimen on a joey mackerel from Luton AC’s South Lagoon.

Mark used the unorthodox offering after noticing zander teeth marks on his baits while pike fishing the venue last year.

“I’m sure the zander have switched on to sea baits because of the number of them used by pike anglers. I knew it was a good fish during the fight, but it wasn’t until I got it on the mat that I realised I had a new pb on my hands,” said Mark, from Flitwick in Bedfordshire.

l Elsewhere, keen predator angler Jamie Weston managed to smash his zander pb twice in a day by banking fish of 16lb 4oz and 11lb 14oz from a Midlands stillwater.

The Rutland-based rod landed the smaller of his brace on a Fox jig just after midday and quickly got his bait back down to the same spot. Not long after Jamie (36) received a fast take and was soon admiring the fish of his dreams in the folds of his landing net.

“I knew the water held big zander, but never expected a catch like this. I wouldn’t be surprised if the venue threw up a British record this season,” said Jamie.