KIERAN ROCHE came within 2 oz of making history with this 21 lb 3 oz monster.

The 29-year-old nudged the British zander record when he tempted the fish from the River Severn on a white shad lure.

Coventry, West Midlands-based Kieran, who works for Jaguar Land Rover car production, told Angler’s Mail all about his awesome catch.

“What a fish, what a fight. I still can’t quite believe it,” said Kieran.

“It is an absolute dream fish that I will never beat and it came in at 93 cm.

“It is the fattest deepest zander I have ever seen.

“She smashed a white 7 cm Realistic Shad Roach pattern and shot off into the deep water pulling the reel drag like crazy.

The lure that caught the predator that rocked the British zander record.

Kieran continued: “Once I saw it surface and realised it was a big zander my arms and legs turned to jelly.

“It is just off the UK record zander but may be one of the biggest UK zander on lure. Over the moon is an understatement.

“It absolutely smashed my previous biggest zander that would have been around the 6-7 lb mark,” concluded Kieran, who runs Kieran’s Lure Fishing social media sites on Instagram and Facebook.

The long-standing British zander record stands at 21 lb 5 oz. It was set back in 2007 by James Benfield from the River Severn at Upper Lode.

But Angler’s Mail has it on good authority a 23 lb-plus zed was caught recently by an angler who refuses any publicity.

We continually check thousands of prices to show you the best deals. If you buy a product through our site we will earn a small commission from the retailer – a sort of automated referral fee – but our reviewers are always kept separate from this process. You can read more about how we make money in our Ethics Policy.

Deeper castable fish and feature finder

Deeper PRO Smart Portable Sonar - Wireless Wi-Fi Sonar for Kayak or Belly Boat

Powered by Angler's Mail

GOT A  STORY OR  VIEWS TO SHARE WITH US? Email us, with or without photos, to: YOU could get into print with us.

For the best exclusive content, read Angler’s Mail magazine every week. It’s in shops but  also available via easy home-delivery methods, as you can find out here.

Watch brilliant Mail columnist Steve Collett explain more…

There has never been a better time get AM print magazine delivered to you by subscription… each and every week.


You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories…

Jumbo canal zander

Stonehouse, Gloucestershire-based Jacob had been trying for a double-figure zander for three years before getting lucky on the Gloucester and…