Non native species swim in our waters

Specimen ace Ian Wilson with a huge Trent zander
Specimen ace Ian Wilson with a huge Trent zander

There’s quite a few non native species swimming around our rivers.

The Trent has thrown up the odd catfish for over 30 years now and some have grown to massive proportions but there are not really enough to warrant targeting them

Zander however are plentiful for those who know how to fish for them.

Local specimen angler Ian Wilson, pictured, has dedicated more time than most to catching Trent zander and been rewarded with some of the biggest zander ever caught from the Trent.

Zander generally feed at night and can be caught using scaled-down pike rigs.

Don’t compromise on breaking strains though, pike also feed at night.

Best baits are small lives and freshly killed deads presented in fry holding areas such as slack water, bays and sluice channels.

With their vampire-like teeth, large night-feeding eyes and spiny dorsal fin, they certainly the part.

They shouldn’t really be in our rivers but they’re here to stay and are a truly fascinating creature.

If you fancy having a go for zander, join the Zander Anglers Club to get all the help and advice you need at


Daiwa Hallcroft Fisheries: Fri Open, Moat: 1st S Robbins, Leegem, peg 68, 112-15-0, alternating pellet and corn on short pole for carp to 9lb; 2nd A Bailey, peg 2, 107-14-0; 3rd A Berisford, Leegem, peg 64, 84-15-0.

Sat Open, Moat: 1st S Quibell, peg 52, 138-12-0, corn and meat over hemp for carp to 12lb; 2nd G Brown, peg 33, 82-4-0; 3rd D Whiting, peg 24, 79-9-0.

Sun Open, Moat: 1st P Elliott, Leegem, peg 49, 98-1-0, bomb with hair-rigged corn over hemp, corn and pellet for carp to 10lb; 2nd S Cook, peg 95, 92-2-0; 3rd S Sheperd, peg 37, 81-13-0.

Mon Veterans Costcutter, Bridge: 1st D Whiting, peg 19, 112-4-0, pole with worm over groundbait and maggots; 2nd N Hirst, peg 49, 69-1-0; 3rd P Schoof, Leegem, peg 9, 59-4-0.

Tue Costcutter Open, Moat: 1st P Elliott, Leegem, peg 54, 194-2-0, bomb with corn over hemp and corn; 2nd A Berisford, Leegem, peg 8, 73-6-0; 3rd P Miles, peg 49, 64-13-0.

Tue Veterans, Moat: 1st A Berisford, Leegem, peg 57, 117-7-0, short pole with corn and paste for carp to 10lb; 2nd P Tatley, peg 68, 71-15-0; 3rd D Clegg, peg 44, 69-1-0.

Sherwood Forest Fisheries: Tue Open, Sherwood Lake: 1st Lee Parker, Phil’s Bait & Tackle, peg 46, 76-1-0.

Lee fished 6m pole with caster to land a mixed bag of skimmers, ide and carp, beating off the 20-strong field. 2nd Dave Round, Woodhouse Angling, peg 41, 59-8-0; 3rd Fred Bispham, Peg One Angling, peg 40, 53-7-0; 4th Craig Brazier, peg 43, 47-7-0; 5th Mick Lysaght, peg 52, 41-15-0; 6th Brian Colman, Woodhouse Angling, peg 61, 36-7-0.

Wed Open, Holmedale Lake: 1st Craig Brazier, peg 21, 157-3-0.

Alternating between groundbait feeder cast to island and 6m pole with maggot, assured Craig of a win over the 23-strong field. 2nd Nigel Shipman, peg 26, 143-1-0; 3rd Andy Lakey, Worksop Angling Supplies, peg 39, 143-1-0; 4th Mick Langton, peg 9, 112-0-0; 5th Wayne Woodland, peg 17, 107-7-0; 6th Pete Hodgetts, peg 36, 94-5-0.

CLUB Scene

Tuesday Club: The Over 50s Lodge Farm Winter League starts 22nd October, £20 entrance fees to be paid by 15th October. Contact Bill for further details on 07815 030694.

Kilton Inn AC: Kilton Inn AC: Fox Covert Fisheries, Laneham: 1st Graham Boddice, peg 16, 156-0-0, pole with banded pellet fished up in the water proved the winning method for Graham who stormed a win, trebling the weight of the rest of the field. 2nd Toby Draper, peg 4, 43-13-0, pole pellet; 3rd John Brett, peg 2, 41-11-0, pellet and corn.

Oaktree Fisheries, Misterton: 1st Graham Boddice, peg 17, 37-11-0. Not a massive weight for Graham but enough to secure yet another win. 2nd Malc Lodge, peg 14, 35-5-0, pole maggot; 3rd Dave Foreman, peg 15, 37-3-0, pellet feeder.

Kilton Inn are looking for more members so anyone wanting to join can call John Brett on 01909 487 752.

Tuesday Club: The Over 50s Lodge Farm Winter League starts 22nd October, £20 entrance fees to be paid by 15th October.

Contact Bill 07815 030694.

Whitwell AS: Anyone interested in joining the club can write to Secretary Ian Aird at 38 Butt Hill, Whitwell, Worksop, Notts.

If you have stories, results or pictures of your bankside exploits, email Guardian angling expert or give him a call on 07815 308463.

Tight lines!

Alan Dudhill