Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A 12-YEAR wait to break his zan­der per­sonal best fi­nally ended for spec­i­men ace Craig Wool­house when he bagged two dou­ble-fig­ure spec­i­mens in one ses­sion – topped by this fish of 16lb 10oz.

The Le­ices­ter an­gler tar­geted a stretch of the River Trent, where he bagged the gi­ant and an­other zed weigh­ing 13lb 14oz on leg­ered roach deadbaits. The larger of the two fish eas­ily beats Craig’s pre­vi­ous best for the species of 14lb 4oz.

He told An­gling Times: “I wouldn’t say that I cried, but af­ter I had re­leased the fish and watched it swim away strongly, I sat on my bed­chair and got quite wa­tery-eyed.

“I was prob­a­bly re­flect­ing on the years and count­less freez­ing days and nights that I had spent in search of a zan­der of this size.”

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