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
I 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.