England international Steve Gardner bags up in Florida

England international match ace Steve Gardener made the most of a holiday to Florida as he caught a huge array of exotic species including sharks and goliath groupers.

The Milo angler made the long overseas journey with former Essex County teammate Steve O’Rourke and was into fish from the off, with snook fish to 20lb falling to small livebaits in the early stages of the trip.

Sport hit its peak soon after, with the huge shark and groupers falling to over 400lb taking large deadbaits fished over an artificial reef.

When contacted, he told Angling Times: “It’s really good fun and a change from the weekly routine. The power of some of the fish is incredibly and I’m now looking forward to tarpon fishing in Antigua in a few weeks’ time.”