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”

Off to France

Well it is almost time to be off to France, after last year at Abbey Lakes we decided to go a little further for this year. Eventually we chose Etang Gallet from Boysaway Carping. Apart from distance from Amsterdam ( it is a little far) it fits all the criteria we had. Another plus is that we probably will be the only anglers on the complex which means easy swim moves.  Another thing it has going for it is Zander and Black bass, I have never caught a Zander and Micks doesnt count :o) so this will be an experience for both of us and I am looking forwards to that style of fishing almost as much as the carp.

Anyway we are off in the next day or so and apart from some blogging from the bivvi ( there is wlan access) it will be silent for a while.

The world’s smallest Zander

Some of you might know that I really want to break my zander duck this year. Never managed to catch one, have caught loads of pike and perch ( many whilst Zander fishing) but so far no such luck. A mate of mine also has the same issue and today whilst out carp fishing managed to catch his 1st Zander…


When questioned if that zander counted his response was ” well is is 100% more Zander than you have caught”, good point :o)

Oh well the quest will contine now that I know that there are at least 2 other zander in that water. I will catch one !