Zander, or pike-perch as they are sometimes called, have been shrouded in controversy ever since they were first introduced into Britain's rivers and drains in 1963. They were soon blamed for the decline in fish stocks in the Fens, where they were initally introduced. Notwithstanding this, forty years after their introduction, zander are now widely accepted and are regarded by many anglers as almost a cult fish.
Mark Barrett has been a keen angler since childhood and has a vast experience of coarse fishing in general and zander in particular. Mark holds the record for the largest coarse fish caught from an East Anglian river; a 43lb 14oz carp landed in July 2005. He has been a regional organizer for the Pike Angler's Club since 2004 and became the Club General Secretary in 2006. Resident - Cambridgeshire