Nice Common at 24lbs

Went fishing with a mate from a while ago, Mark who is a Fox/ Mainline man to a super secret fishing spot in Holland. I didn’t know quite what to expect but I had been assured by mark that he had baited up and that he had put plenty of Mainline “pulse” down. Never having used Pulse at all I didn’t know what to expect ( I normally fish CCmoore meteor) but I was pleasantly surprised to small a rich spicy fishmeal bait with plenty of robin red.

session start

well after the start I was 1st off of the mark with a small chub, however this was a small one and the second one was nudging 5lbs, Mark had one that if we had weighed it I suspect it would have gone past the 7lb barrier which as I understand now is fairly good for chub. Continue reading “Nice Common at 24lbs”

New PB Zander

Well after last weeks trip I just had to get out, so myself and Tom popped down to Nieuwe Meer with fly rods and jigging rods.

well it was an incredibly wet day but we persevered even though I lost a rod ( err less said about that the better even thought 200+ eur went over the side ) I managed a PB 6lb 4oz Zander

bigzander-nierI also must admit that this zander didn’t go back. I am a committed catch and release fisherman, but after 45 mins of holding it upright in the water it was not going to go back. We killed it humanely and gutted it there at the lake. A mate of mine offered to cook it and so it was his. Sad end but at least it didn’t go to waste. Moral of this story, zander are not as tough a carp and really more than 3-4 mins out of the water can be terminal for them. I have read that sometimes you need to prop them up for several hours with bank sticks in the margins so if this ever happens again I will do that.

Zander – Sweet Zander

Well Finally !

Was trying to catch a Zander for 6 months and was failing each and every time… turns out I was piking with zander lures hence all I caught were pike.  Anyway on a walk home from the pub I spotted, a boat liveried up with  the logo on the side. Anyway to cut a long story short I mailed them and got a date sorted out. The price was reasonable at about 110 per person for a days fishing where whilst Zander could not be guaranteed ( no fishing place can guarantee fish) that there would be a very strong possibility of fish. Anyway after a lot of anticipation the day came around, Juul called me the night before just to do a final confirmation of location and pickup time.

The next day at the alloted time we were on the pier, and the boat that I had spotted the weeks before was there with out captain and guide Juul.

JuulJuul, is an incredibly experienced fisherman not just for Zander but for ( it seems) most other species of game fish world wide and soon made us feel at home on his boat.  Just a few words about his boat, it is exactly like mine… however it beats it in almost every way possible 🙂 The boat is exactly what you would have in mind if you told someone that money was not an issue, just put me together the best boat you could to fish off of the back of. He has dual echo sounder displays, a front mounted, remote controlled trolling motor, proper seats and some funky rear thrusters. Couple this with a massive cool box filled to the brim with goodies and you know you are on for a good day.

After orientating us with where we would be fishing and the target species, we started to tackle up. Normally I do not like to use hire gear as mine is normally far superior ( I am an unashamed tackle tart) however I was blown away by the rods that we were directed to use ( well actually I was blown away when I caught a fish on them). They were 1 piece Spro “Godfather” rods designed for vertical jigging combined with small spro reels. The action on these rods had to be seen to be believed, on Tuesday I will be calling my local tackle shop to make an order as small fish were fun to play, however even with the day’s biggest fish ( 4lb’s 4 oz more on that later) there was loads in reserve and I felt in complete control. Continue reading “Zander – Sweet Zander”