KIRK THOMAS caught this impressive 18 lb 11 oz zander from a flooded river River Severn – the biggest reported to Angler’s Mail this season.

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Twyning, Gloucestershire-based Kirk used a small roach deadbait fished on a single size 8 treble hook.

His best British catch came in the nick of time as he is emigrating to New Zealand in the New Year.

Kirk used 2.5 lb test curve Harrison rods, 30 lb braid and 30 lb Carboflex wire trace and presented his bait on a light running leger, and had only cast out for five minutes before hooking into the fish.

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