The Old Lake at Bury Hill has had its zander record smashed with a monster 17lb 2oz fish.
The big ‘Z’ was caught by Angling Trust Building Bridges Project Officer and venue regular Janusz Kansik, during an evening session at the Surrey venue with his father. The fish is believed to be one of three big zander stocked into the Old Lake from the nearby Temple Lake in 2016 – all of which weighed around 16lb at the time.
This is the first reported capture of one of these elusive beasts since. Reflecting on a great achievement Janusz said: “The zander was 78cm long and weighed 7.8kg, a great looking and very strong fish “At first I thought it was a carp – as it battled so hard, but when I saw it just by the edge of the bank, my legs started to shake.”
The record fish was part of a seven fish haul for the pair which included a carp of 13lb, all caught on small dead baits.