16lb zander is the biggest caught this season so far

A river carrying a little extra water and colour always proves perfect for zander, so Martin Jauncey took advantage of these conditions on his local River Severn to net this 16lb 4oz specimen just as daylight faded.

The predator-fishing expert from Worcester, who has landed huge zander to 20lb 2oz in the past, tempted his quarry by floatfishing a small roach livebait from the bank.

His tactics also proved the downfall of a small jack pike weighing 3lb, with his rig being made from 30lb Fox wire and a single hook.

“I found an area that held around 11ft of water which was a perfect spot for the species at this time of the year,” Martin told AT. “Many people use small trebles for zander, but I find one single hook stays in and you lose fewer fish through pulling out.”