If you decide to dive headlong into the search for zander on the Gulf of Finland, then most likely you will encounter a number of questions. And in this article, using a specific example, we will try to understand the features of capricious fish, which we catch in order to take each step consciously, and not mechanically. The Gulf of Finland is a large water area, and each bay in it has its own character, its own characteristics. For example, areas with a strong current and holes differ significantly from places where a flat plateau with a moderate current is spread. And in practice, it was verified that the South Coast and the North are completely different bodies of water, on which baits are mostly used differently. And the water area in front of the dam is already the third allocated water area of the Federal Law, and even it is divided into its own special “work areas”, each of which needs to be selected with its own keys.
In the post-spawning period, you can find zander caught in dense schools, which contributes to successful fishing, but this moment quickly passes, and from mid-July to the end of September we are already hunting for very capricious fish. Recently I watched a film about the famous master Vasily, who is engaged in the manufacture of handmade wobblers – “Karelinsky”. In the process of filming, he shares his experience in catching zander, but I must say that at one time he was trained by seasoned cobblers who clearly formulated the task: if you want to catch this fish, find the horizon in which it is currently located. And this is the first key. The moment can be calculated not in days, but in minutes. That is, observing the picture on the sonar screen, you can see how the fish literally changed your horizon before your eyes. And why no one will tell you why, you just need to be prepared for this and have a solid collection of wobblers, and you need to understand exactly at what maximum depth they work.
The key is the second: the game of wobbler and its form
Let's take a look at a concrete example. There is a well-known brand NILS MASTER, and most likely you already know that almost all of their models catch zander. Wobblers made of balsa are made, have no rattles, which means that they do not scare away this fish. Every year a certain color is triggered, on the basis of this information a list of the best wobblers is formed, but it may happen that next year they will shut up. I think everyone sooner or later came across this situation. But there are exceptions. Spearhead (Nils Master) models have those who like to catch red fish, and those who launch it every year when fishing for zander, knowing that it can bring an unexpected and incomparable balance. What happened this season. From mid-July to the end of September, zander is divided into small flocks, and you probably will not find spots on which you can tear yourself out in full. Therefore, it is important to obtain information about the best manifestations of the wobbler in this period, since there are a lot of difficulties and features.
One group of anglers who wanted to stay behind the scenes shared their experiences. They set a goal to study the water area of the Federal Law with an eye on winter fishing and almost daily studied the habits of zander. And what was their surprise when the SPEARHEAD model began to work wonders: whatever color you put, this fish was caught only on this wobbler. To explain this phenomenon is very simple: it coincided that the zander fed in the horizon from 2 to 2.5 m and the fish food base was about 8 cm. For those who don’t know, I’ll report: this model is very unusual for shipping from lead: fins-stabilizers are formed on the sides – and in the aggregate body shape, blades and shipment, a very interesting game turned out with small bounces to the side, for which this salmon wobbler appreciated.
The third key: exclude errors
With the arrival of cords on the market, all anglers began to actively use them. But jig is one thing, and trolling or a track where the cord is contraindicated is quite another. For a long time I did not catch the cord when trolling, and this question was closed for me. But colleagues expressed a different point of view, thereby creating doubts in my head. And this year I decided to check how right or wrong I was. In addition, I recently purchased several jig cords. At the time of catching zander, I set up an experiment. There was a reel with a cord on one spinning rod, and a fishing line on the other. The result impressed me: one to five.
Believe me, I carefully set and selected wobbler hits, changed bait places, and the only place where bites started on the tackle was the wake stream that went behind the engine – an indignant strip of water remaining behind the stern of the vessel. A small caveat: the release of the cord in the wake should be no more than 10 m, and better – 7, since all spurious vibrations transmitted from the boat and motor, due to inextensibility along the cord, go into the water. And they become hardly noticeable when the wake stream smooths everything, due to the superposition of waves on each other. For supporters of fishing with a cord, I note that there are times when the zander in the water is “not to be shoveled,” and then the use of the cord may not alarm the fish, but we are talking about the time when the fang starts to act up.
Fourth Key: Feature
At the first opportunity, I turned to one fisherman from the group that I wrote about above, and his name is Sergey, asking me to check his collection of Spearhead wobblers (Nils Master) for verification. There were 6 of them, and yet he selected one wobbler from the whole set, believing that it was a matter of colors. I began to roll them in the water, carefully looking at and comparing the game – and I saw one feature: the favorite during the game had a malfunction in which the wobbler showed his abdomen, but at the same time he went straight and did not throw it to the surface. Only an experiment with two completely identical wobblers in coloring will be able to give the most accurate answer to the question of what affected the bites more – the color or the failure in the game. Fishing is also interesting because it allows you to pick up keys to capricious fish.
Of course, not everyone has the opportunity to go to sea every day and catch pikeperch, gaining invaluable experience, but it’s not worth stopping to pick it up at times when you begin to constantly pick up keys to bypass the vagaries of the fanged and catch.
author Andrey Spirin
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