Current British record: 21lb 5oz (2007) James Benfield, River Severn at Upper Load Lock
First introduced into British waters in 1963, the Zander has a reputation for being an aggressive hunter. When young they hunt as packs and have the skills and equipment to kill anything that gets in its way. The Zander is thought to be a mix of Pike and Roach, as it shares some of the same characteristics, The Zander is a breed all of its own. Zander have large pointed snout, prominent backward pointing teeth and a dorsal fin set well back near tail above anal fin.
With a specimen weight of 10lb these are a large fish. The British record stands at 21lb 5oz.
Research suggests that he average length of a Zander is between 20 and 26 inches.
The Zander will survive up to 20 years in the right environment.
Zander will spend their time in many locations, From Lakes to drains, rivers and canals. They do prefer deeper darker waters, within the depths they feel at home and feed best. Zander like to spend time under features such as bridges and other man made structures.
Zander spend their time in the depths of their habitat, They will use their large eyes to seek out prey at night. As young Zander will hunt in packs and will chase prey into the mouths of their colleagues.
Zander will hunt for small fish and will usually win their meal with one bite. Zander will bite their prey and will eat head or tail first. Any fish that is to large to fit into its mouth will be ejected and will be picked up dead at a later time. It is possible to see a shoal of Zander on the hunt with an eruption of water when they have a catch. If you're out to catch a Zander then eel sections are known to be a big favourite followed by small live baits. Do not attempt sea dead baits as they will only attract pike. Lures can also be effective in the right areas.
The Zander will usually be a mature adult by year 3 to 4, but in colder areas, maturity may be delayed up to five years.
Zander tend to spawn around March to April time with an optimum temperature of 12 degrees, Zander use tree stumps to lay their spawn and are also keen on sunken branches and reeds. The females will produce around 200,000 eggs per kilo of body weight.
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The Fishing UK Team!