Huge preda­tor! Traf­fic jam leads to 17lb zan­der from the River Sev­ern

Cap­tor turns off mo­tor­way and bags 17lb 2oz zed in­stead

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - BEN MILES News edi­tor

GARRY Ba­gley had a 10-mile traf­fic jam to thank for the cap­ture of this 17lb 2oz river zan­der.

Hav­ing been sat bumper to bumper for over an hour, the preda­tor fish­ing fa­natic de­cided that he’d rather be sit­ting on the banks of the River Sev­ern than in his sta­tion­ary car on the M5.

Af­ter turn­ing off the no­to­ri­ously troublesome mo­tor­way, the 58-year-old from Stour­bridge ad­mit­ted that he didn’t ex­pect to get a sin­gle run af­ter cast­ing out a small roach dead­bait – in bright, warm con­di­tions the odds seemed stacked against him.

But Garry got one of the big­gest sur­prises of his an­gling ca­reer when the huge fish made off with his bait, leg­ered just a few rodlengths out from the bank.

“Con­di­tions couldn’t have been worse for fish­ing but I’d much rather be on the river than sat star­ing at the car in front of me,” Garry told An­gling Times.

“To say that it was a big sur­prise when I got the bite would be an un­der­state­ment, but not as big a shock as when the fish came to the sur­face.”

His im­promptu ses­sion on a lower sec­tion of the fa­mous wa­ter­way was re­warded when he po­si­tioned his bait close to a snaggy area with a rig made from 65lb braid, a 30lb wire trace and size 8 tre­bles.

“If it wasn’t for that traf­fic jam I would never have caught this fish – I wouldn’t have even both­ered un­der those con­di­tions. It just shows you how un­pre­dictable fish­ing can be,” Garry said. “This is a huge fish for this time of the year, so you can imag­ine how big it could be come the win­ter.”

WHAT IS THE DREN­NAN CUP?

DREN­NAN Cup prizes are de­cided by tackle gi­ant Dren­nan and awarded to an­glers who have caught spec­i­men fish by de­sign.

Garry’s 17lb 2oz Sev­ern zan­der came as a shock.

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