Huge Trent zander is caught by local ace

Ian Wilson with a Trent Zander
Ian Wilson with a Trent Zander

Local specimen ace Ian Wilson has landed yet another huge zander.

Ian has been targeting river Trent zander for several weeks and clocked up a good tally so far, topped off by his latest 12lb+ predator.

Big Zeds are very rare creatures.

I think the Trent record stands at around 17lb.

I’d like to think that Ian’s efforts will one day be rewarded with a new Trent record.

Zander are predominantly night feeders.

They have very large eyes and can see clearly in the dark giving them the advantage over their prey.

For best results target features such as structures, bays and slack water with legered roach live baits or freshly killed roach dead baits.

You will catch a surprising amount of pike at night too so make sure you use a 30lb wire trace, at least 18 inches long.

You are basically fishing with scaled-down pike rigs with size 8 or 10 trebles or size 6 single hooks.

Zander tend to hunt in packs, darting into shoals of roach, biting them and then later returning to pick them up and eat them so hit every little knock, you’ll hook far more fish.

Specialist tackle and traces for pike and zander can be ordered online at


Sherwood Forest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood: 1st J Urruty, Alfreton Angling , peg 24, 16-8-0.

John worked hard with maggot waggler to net over 100 silvers to 4oz. 2nd J Holmes, Woodhouse Angling, peg 20, 11-7-0; 3rd F Bispham, Sherwood FF, peg 22, 11-1-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale: 1st P Hodgetts, Sherwood FF, peg 32, 57-6-0.

Peg 32 again produced the winning weight.

This week it was Pete’s turn to cash in using pole with pellet and maggot to land 16 Carp to 8lb. 2nd A Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 9, 54-0-0; 3rd T French, Leegem Tackle, peg 45, 52-15-0.

Sun Open, Holmedale: 1st M Langton, Sherwood FF, peg 51, 54-15-0.

Despite the windy conditions, Mick’s form has continued this week.

Pole with soft pellet proved the winning method to land 16 Carp to 8lb. 2nd J Bleakley, Sherwood FF, peg 19, 37-11-0; 3rd P Carline, Subfish, peg 54, 33-10-0..

Daiwa Hallcroft: Mon Veterans Costcutter, Bridge: 1st I Temple, peg 53, 38-3-0. 2nd R Holmes, peg 4, 17-12-0; 3rd N Wood, MAP Leegem, peg 37, 11-0-0.

Thu Veterans, Moat: 1st R Holmes, peg 97, 41-4-0; 2nd M Edgecombe, MAP Leegem, peg 76, 40-0-0; 3rd N Wood, MAP Leegem, peg 38, 35-6-0.

Sat Carp/Silverfish Open, Moat: 1st A Oldham, Frenzee, peg 64, 44-14-0; 2nd S Robbins, MAP Leegem, peg 73, 30-8-0; 3rd R Bonson, MAP Leegem, peg 61, 26-9-0.

Sun Teams of 4 Silverfish League Rnd 10, Moat/Bridge: 1st J Barningham, Harrisons Tackle, peg B13, 18-1-0; 2nd L Sears, Daiwa Marukyu, peg M17, 17-15-0; 3rd N Sears, Daiwa, peg B7, 16-15-0.

Toft Newton: Saturday was another open day at Toft.

Those who did brave the windy conditions were well rewarded with an incredible rod average of 10 fish per angler.

Ray Jefferies landed the biggest fish of the day at 6lb 8oz as part of a haul of nearly 50 fish between himself and his three colleagues.

Good sport continued into Sunday for Neil Deakin, who caught 20 fish, including a 5lb and 9lb 12oz on a single cast making this one of Toft’s best ever double catches.

Fishing high in the water paid off using floaters, midge tips, intermediates teamed with blobs, gold-head lures and nymphs.

Club News

Worksop & DAA: Meeting dates have been announced.

The Executive Meeting will be held on 27th February, and the Delegates Meeting on 6th March, both at Manton Club, at 7:30pm.

Club Secretaries are also reminded that Affiliation Fees are now due.

Worksop United AC: The club’s annual general meeting is to be held on Monday 10th February at Manton Athletics Club.

The meeting starts at 7pm, all members welcome.

If you have an angling story or a picture of you with an impressive catch, email me at or call me on 07815 308463.

Tight lines!

Alan Dudhill