JAMES BENFIELD: Record Zan­der

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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.

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