So circle hooks look like the way forward for zander - the only problem was I couldn't get hold of any in the right size. Didn't have long today, arriving just before dark and fishing until 7pm.
Fishing 'J' hooks in size 4 it wasn't long before my float rod was away and I connected to the fish... For about 5 seconds - bloody hooks - but as it turned out that was the only fish I lost this evening. Next up was a 4lb 0oz zed on the ledger (4.50pm).
5.05pm, 5lb 12oz, lead.
6.30pm, 4lb 10oz, float.
6.40, about 2¾lb, lead. And I packed up in the rain and strong wind at 7pm - great few hours fishing.
Quick report today, getting ready to hit the Lower Itchen tomorrow where I'll be chasing grayling, roach and who knows - perhaps even a pike to push my challenge weight to over 200lb?
Predator Challenge: 187lb 0oz
Circle hooks my brother is sending me, they're already in the post, 10-12 days to wait - cheers Paulos.
Size 4 in Kayle, Owner Circle and Gamakatsus circle for comparision.
And a size 2 and size 4 inside a size 15/0 shark hook!