New rods help catch monster zander

Steve Budd christened his new rods in style with this 17lb 11oz zander from the River Severn.

The huge predator was caught just after dark at the end of the day session on the midlands waterway after the Tewkesbury-based gas engineer moved to a spot which he hadn’t fished for a while but fancied to produce a big fish.

The 51-year-old, who is no stranger to catching large zander from the Severn having landed one of 20lb 6oz a few years ago, said: “I’d just bought some new 10ft, 2.5lb test curve TFG carp rods for my zander fishing and I couldn’t have asked for a better fish to christen them with.”

Steve tempted the specimen with a roach deadbait fished close a bend on the river.

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