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Nice reed bushes along the bank but there were no takers... but not for long.

Saturday morning is no doubt the best morning of the week by far. It’s the day of the week that I look forward to. This particular one Saturday will be remembered as one of my finest so far. But, in what way? For me, it was to be the day that I broke my ‘zander-less’ streak for almost four years. So, let us take a look at today’s fishing proceedings. Thanks to Sharky for doing the location 'scouting'.

Unhooking the big one. This may be 'small' for some but not to me. (Picture by Sharky)

How's that for my first zander after 4 year's shit luck? This is one hell of a 6 1/2 pounder. (Picture by Sharky)

Fishy spot?!?! The hit point is somewhere under the tree.

As usual, Sharky and I were up early for our usually Saturday morning ‘therapy’. As we were heading downstream, there was this big tree with a ‘cove’ where the flow is almost stagnant. I thought it looked quite fishy. On just merely the first cast, there was a hit and it was a hard and strong one. The fish remained deep over the course of the fight and did not reveal itself until the last moments. I had initially thought that it was a big and lazy pike but I was wrong, it was a zander and a big one too. This has got to be my personal best zander to date. It tipped the scale at about 6 ½ pounds. The fish was caught on a ¼ oz spinnerbait, one of my most trusty lure. Even on medium heavy tackle, this has got to be the hardest fighting zander I’ve ever caught and I’ve never seen a zander fighting like that. Moments later, Sharky had another zander and it was a good one. The fish was estimated to weight about 4 lbs. For this one, Sharky did it with a jig.

Sharky retaliates... with nice one on a heavy jig. For the record, the fish almost got away due to a slight 'slip-up'. But, 'good' netting skills prevailed. Now where's my Eastaboga???

The start to the day looked promising but the pace never really did picked up. Later in the session, we could only manage one perch each. The one which I’ve caught was actually from sight fishing. From far, I could see the fish going after a shoal of baitfish and decided to send a spinnerbait to the centre of the action. The perch was merely a decent one but a well deserved catch. Even on 30 lb braided line, it put up a good fight.

This may not be big but pound for pound this is one fighting machine. That's why I love perch fishing so much because they really remind me of the bass. (Picture by Sharky)

As usual, all fish were released unharmed to fight another day. Until the next weekend, keep fishing. See you!
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