For zander or something to attract the fanged. Part 2

For zander or something to attract the fanged. Part 2

Foam rubber and silicone

“Foam rubber” and “silicone” under certain conditions of fishing are also popular among cobblers. And most importantly – these innovations were obviously “liked” by the pike perch. I often use silicone baits when fishing in deaf and not very deaf snags. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, both the twister and the vibrotail during the game practically do not go beyond the water column outlined by the size of the hole. Secondly, such baits easily turn from “fighting” into unhooked ones. And finally, thirdly, after grabbing the soft bait, the pike perch does not feel the catch and holds it in the mouth longer. This allows you to make a quality cut, even if you are a little gape. When playing with a twister and a vibro-tail, short movements in contact with the bottom are very effective. The bait is dancing as if attracting the attention of a predator.


If you have well mastered catching pikes and perch on vertical and horizontal baits, it will be much easier to “persuade” pike perch. I caught my first winter zander quite by accident. It was at the Mozhaisk reservoir in early March. When the dawn came a little, my friend and I followed in our old footsteps to the place where on the night before we had left a few zergirls, putting live bait to the bottom per burbot. But not one of them worked, and we lifted the bait fish about half a meter above the bottom. Yuri went closer to the shore to look for perch, and I drilled a hole near one of the vents and decided to attract pike with a spinner.

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My calculation was outrageously simple. If the intrigued predator ignores my “piece of iron”, then the pot-bellied caviar brush on the tee of the zergler’s tee will surely grab. After I diligently demonstrated about a dozen tricks of the game, I decided to go to a friend to catch perch. But what is it? Raising the bait from the bottom, through the fishing rod I felt a couple of light knocks, and then the hanging weight. Bite! I cut it pretty sharply and start fighting. From surprise I drag the fish through. And in the hole appears the narrow-nosed head of a pike perch with "glass" eyes, and after a moment he languidly tosses and turns on the ice. Offhand, its weight is about two kilograms. There is no limit to joy. I’ll flash on, but … alas. My prickly one turned out to be the one and only. Or perhaps he was one of a fast flock.

Unlike pike, which requires planning and quite wide baits, zander prefers narrower ones – from 5 to 12 cm long and 10-15 mm wide. Coloring more often in silver. I mainly use home-made spinners. A lot of spinners, as well as other lures, are selected depending on the depth at the place of fishing and the strength of the current. When fishing in reservoirs, I use baits weighing from 8 to 20 g. On rivers, such as Oka, Volga, where the current is quite strong, the weight of the bait should be increased to 40-50 g, sometimes up to 60 g. On the Lower Volga, for example, with a lighter bait you simply won’t feel the bottom. The exception is calm reaches and bays. In bodies of water without a current, playing the bait should be more slow and delicate than in those where there is a current.

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Quite often it happens when a pikeperch knocks on a bait, but is not hooked. If you are catching a bait, try offering an intractable predator a balancer or twister. Sometimes hooking a spinner or other lure of a small strip of skin of a white fish or its giblets also works quite well. When fishing for pike perch, the basic requirements for cutting and fishing are as follows. Hooks should be reliable, preferably with a trihedral sting. They more easily pierce the bony mouth of this predator. Each time, leading the toothfish to the lower surface of the ice, it must be taken into account that the pikeperch as a bottom deep-sea predator in panic perceives a “ascent” to the lower edge of the ice.

Therefore, I try to deal with this predator so that it is initially in the lower layers of the water, especially when it comes to a large specimen that has been cut. A metal leash for zander is not necessary, but a sharp cut is needed. And further. If the air temperature is positive, it is better to catch pike perch on a braid that has minimal or zero extensibility. Cutting as a result is more reliable. Unfortunately, in frosty weather, wicker fishing line freezes and opens up faster.

author: Kazantsev V.
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