Zander are good eating. Like pike these are predators so you need to dead bait (fresh water fish eg roach) for them, they do go for lures. If you aint to squemish live baiting works as well. Good time of year for them especially at dusk. Dont bother taking any thing over about 6lb in weight, same rule for pike. Any thing over this size aint worth eating.
Taking fish from the rivers is a bit frowned on at the moment due to some incidents of abuse by immigrant communities. One lake round here was totally wiped out by folk taking too many fish. And there is evidence of some people just killing whatever they catch then throwing it back.
Treat the rivers and fish with respect, they work in a delicate balance. If you are going to fish take the time and effort to learn how to do it properly. Dont be greedy. A couple of 4-6 lb ers is a good bag.
If you take the bigger pike over 6lb it is not good to eat and also they take years to grow that big, so you will unbalance the local eco system probably leading to an explosion in jack pike, with the knock on effect of lots of active hungry fish on the prey species. Domino rally all round!
Perch are good for fish cakes, but you will need a few because 4lb is considered a specimen size and if you can catch a river carp, good luck to you! ( ive only had one this year)
Take into account the effects of man made pollution, we had bad floods here earlier in the year, and apart from from having to rescue stranded fish i have come accross a fair few with dodgy sores.
More and more retailers are starting to stock carp and other species to cater for the demand and to take the pressure off our rivers.
All in all its worth having a go. But i would never recomend taking a live pike home! Sort it out, guts and all at the river bank.......................... .
..........................One, two, three, four, five...........once i caught a fish alive....
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