Paul Faint and his 11lb 4oz Trent zander

by Angling Times |

“I’ve just returned from my first-ever trip to the tidal River Trent, where I manage to catch a new personal-best zander.

“Fishing a standard running rig with a size 6 hook and a wire trace, I cast out a roach head roughly two rodlengths out from the bank just past the rock line in 5ft of murky water after the tide began to run off.

“Within 20 minutes I had an indication. I struck and hooked into a solid fish. I thought it was a pike, but when it flashed under the surface the nerves kicked in when I saw it was a big zed.

“After a steady battle she graced the net and I knew it was going to be a new PB.

“I did a further night chasing the zander and had a couple of runs but sadly I didn’t connect with anything. It didn’t matter – I was made up with the result on my first trip to a new water.”

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