How to catch zander
Pikeperch is a fairly large fish that belongs to the perch family. Her height can exceed 1 meter, and weight can reach 10-12 kg! Zander enjoys particular popularity among spinningists. Despite the fact that predatory fish is quite voracious and active, it is also secretive and shy. Therefore, it is important to know a few tricks on how to catch zander.
First, let's figure out when to catch zander. Every fisherman knows that going out to fish during the off season is a 100% lack of catch. This fish is considered active throughout the year. Therefore, even fishing in winter frost can bring a positive result. At the same time, there are periods when the probability of a successful catch increases markedly:
1. Spring. Zander is especially active 2-3 weeks after spawning. At this time, the fish can be found in any part of the reservoir. She goes into small flocks and is actively looking for prey. In the spring, zander is very hungry, but during the day (especially on sunny days) mainly young fish pecks. Large individuals are selected for hunting closer to the night.
2. From the end of August, the fish begins to prepare for wintering and purposefully seeks prey. In September, schools of fish begin to migrate, moving from shallow water to deeper parts of the reservoir. In practice, October is considered the best month.
In the summer (on too hot days), as well as in winter, zander is also active, however, fishing can take much more time.
Choosing fishing tackle and bait
What equipment is used to catch zander?
1. Spinning. It can be used both from the shore and from the boat. The main thing is that the product is as durable and not too long.
2. Donka. It can be put at night, collecting more catch. It can also be used for fishing from the shore or from a boat.
3. Float fishing rod. Suitable for small fish.
Having understood the equipment, it is important to understand what to catch zander. We have already noted that this fish belongs to predators. Young individuals peck on the bait in the form of worms, fry or insects. Those that are older choose to hunt minnows, dace trees or small squint. At night, fishermen often use crayfish or frogs.
At the same time, pike perch also responds well to artificial bait, so you can try to catch it on a spinner, balancer or zerglas.
As you can see, fishing for zander is a fairly easy process. Even beginners can go on it - the main thing is to prepare the right bait and choose a season for fishing.