Fishing for zander

Catching of pike perch by spinning Zander is a very popular predator among our spinners. In general, pike perch lives in large and medium rivers, where there are large deep pits with a hard bottom and driftwood. We’ll figure out how to effectively catch zander with spinning.

Pike perch is a predator of the percids family. Pretty large, schooling predator. The main habitat of the zander swarms are the deepest pits, with rather steep descents, on the river. In the pits, there must necessarily be a solid sandy or slightly rocky bottom. The presence of a stepped bottom and large snags – additional evidence of the presence of pike perch.

Of course, pike perch does not spend all the time in the pit. The flock can move along its perimeter, then climb up the pits of the pit, then sink to the bottom. The movements of pike perch vary due to the seasons.

In early spring, pike perch rushes to the shallows for spawning and feeding, following flocks of small things. But at the same time, pike perch does not go far from its main pits. In summer, the pike perch slides down into the pit. On a hot summer afternoon, the pikeperch is likely to be close to the bottom of the pit, among the strongest snags. On dawns, pike perch comes to feed on the upper edge of the pit pits, the nearest grassy shallows or the plateau plateau. At night, the pike perch does not rarely go to small ruts and shallows. We will consider two main variations of pike-perch fishing by spinning on the river: catching in pits and catching at night on shallows.

Catching of pike perch in pits. On pits, where zander is found, as a rule, a strong current; Many whirlpools and twists; At the bottom – snags, and the pit itself – has a fairly large area. These are typical conditions where you have to catch a pike perch. Either on the pit itself, or on the outlets of it.

In connection with the need for long-distance casting, (even if catching from a boat), force of flow and depth – it is necessary to apply heavy lures: jig weighing 35-60g, heavy compact oscillating spoon-baits. The use of turntables and wobblers is almost impossible and ineffective.

To maneuver heavy bait at a great distance, and under the influence of a strong current, while still feeling cautious bites – you need a special spinning. The rod is no less than 2.8 m long, with an increased test weight and a fast system. Fast or superfast system is a prerequisite. It also requires a reliable power coil and a strong cord to fight with frequent hooks.


The technique of fishing – stepped wiring on the bottom. Since the bottom on the pits is full of unevenness and obstacles – then the wiring is very figured. The wiring of baits on the slopes of the brooks, diagonally or across is the most effective. Either with the beginning of the wiring at the top of the dump and the end at the bottom of the pit, or vice versa – the withdrawal of the bait from the bottom, upward. In this case, the bait should go very close to the bottom and do not rise into the water column.

When catching is conducted on the undercover submarine plateaus, it is necessary to catch on a jig, with unengaged layout on offset hooks, otherwise in any way.

Night fishing of pike perch on the shallows. Here is another fishing. Effective use of spinnings of the middle system. From baits: turntables with a narrow petal, small compact oscillators, wobblers of the Minnou class, with a depth of immersion up to 1.5 meters. Lures with holographic surfaces effectively show themselves.

The most difficult thing in the night fishing of pike perch is to find the right bank, the one where the pike-perch comes. Well, if you are familiar with a pond or have the opportunity to get advice from a local old-timer fisherman. Most, on an unfamiliar river it can be very difficult to find such a nocturnal shoal.