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Thanks Pete, think i did put too much pressure on the block when it broke, one of those awkward swims .
The net is a good net... is the anyway you take the block off and try to adapt a carp block
To give you more power..
In most situations i'm sure the standard block would be fine; one of the problems i have with the river severn is that sometimes the banks are steep and lethal and with the net extended it can sometimes be a bit tricky elevating the fish up the bank without putting some pressure on the spreader. This is how my previous one broke. I think my plan will be to try to replace the mesh on my gardner pan (which has a metal spreader), with a suitable replacement, probably the DL one, if that doesnt work, i will look at the fox or abu net.
Had a look down my bit of the Lower Severn this afternoon, and got talking to the angler (Dave Palmer) who had the huge 21.2 lb Zander back in the summer.
Actually this capture escaped me, and I was truly impressed with the quality of this fish, just 1 plus off the record....and it's on my doorstep
Just goes to show what this vast River actually can produce.
The reports I get from this area about Zander catches seem incredible, one Polish lad had 18 in a afternoon and this albeit doubtful 21lber seems to support the system has a healthy number of Z's However I don't fish for them (yet) and you guy's know about such things, but could be Zander are the new Barbel?
They are starting to change colour now (Hormones?) . Blue iridescence has gone from the fins, which are now white with red roots. Body colour has some 'blackness' to it. They are still stunning lookers though.