JAMES BENFIELD: Record Zander
JUST two weeks into the 2007 river season, young James Benfield cast a halibut pellet into the River Severn at Upper Lode in the hope of catching a few bream.
Just two hours later the 19-year-old, from Tewkesbury, was cradling a UK record zander that left the specimen world in total shock.
The incredible fish was at the time the first 20lb-plus specimen to be caught in the UK, beating Dave Lavender’s 19lb 5oz specimen taken from the Middle Level Drain in Cambridgeshire some nine years previously.
The catch, which remains a record to this day, will go down as one of the most outrageous accidental catches in angling history, and epitomises just how unpredictable the sport can be.
James Benfield’s zander remains the record to this day.
This photo shows the huge girth of the fish.