14lb 8oz zander best of three doubles

Renowned Fenland predator guide Gordy Howes enjoyed a superb first visit to the mighty River Severn at the backend of the season, with this 14lb 8oz zander being the pick of three doubles he took in a short 30-minute feeding spell just after dark.

The trio of fish all fell to bleak livebaits, presented on running leger rigs incorporating a Fox 20lb Easy Twist wire trace and a single size 8 treble.

“I’d been hearing stories of the Severn throwing up a lot of big fish, and that coupled with the reduced numbers in the Fens finally drew me and my boat across the country to catch a few for myself and open up a new venue for myself and my clients. I can’t wait to get back there next season – I’m sure the zander won’t be as heavy, but the scenery will no doubt be more beautiful than ever!! Here's to the summer!” said a delighted Gordy.