(This catch was taken before the close of the river season on March 15th)
JULIAN Barnes made the most of the final days of the river season on the tidal Trent, where he targeted several stretches and caught barbel, ide and this 18lb 9oz zander.
The holder of the British crucian record had been after a big zander all winter, and his efforts finally paid off when the large predator picked up his roach deadbait, presented on a combi-rig made up of 20lb mono and a soft knottable wire.
Similar to other Trent zander anglers, he didn’t just target these fish, adding 17 barbel to 14lb 4oz and a surprise 6lb 3oz ide for an action-packed finale to his running water campaign.
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