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Spinning for zander. Part 1

Spinning for zander. Part 1With the accumulation of experience, each spinner begins to be more attentive to the issues of gear acquisition. This is especially true for those who “found their fish” and basically only hunts it. Such fishermen inspire my true respect and admiration. They sometimes know more about the habits and biology of their fish than some ichthyologists, since their knowledge is based on practical “research” and the statistical sample of these studies is very large both temporally and quantitatively.

How is the selection of a spinning rod for a serious spinner? Very simple. Analyzing his fishing, successful and not very, the angler gradually comes to some conclusions. For example: if I had a more sensitive rod on the last fishing trip, I would have implemented a dozen more bites. Or: weak power spinning did not allow to cope with several large fish, the form turned off too quickly from work. Etc. Gradually, the angler comes to understand what characteristics an “ideal” spinning should have.

You can, of course, turn to the experience of familiar spinning players who catch the same fish under similar conditions. But it often happens that what one person catches does not fit the other at all, does not "fall into the hand." It depends on a lot: physical qualities, temperament, speed of reaction, casting and fishing techniques. I was fortunate enough to catch along with many prominent Russian spinningists, and often their choice of spinning was very surprising to me. For example, a well-known expert from Samara A. Kharitonov, having in his arsenal of fast and sonorous spinning rods “SD Rhodes” from the “Blue Rapid” series, always chose Sunrise for fishing. To my bewilderment about this, he replied: “Well, this is not mine, not mine!”

So, each fisherman has this “own” – precisely his own. Sometimes inexplicable by technical terms and characteristics, located on the verge of subconscious perception. Often, a fisherman does not even understand why others value his fishing rod so low, which he finally found for himself after so many years of “evolution”. Why not understand what exactly it is that very ideal. A good example of such love for their spinning rod is the recent discussion about what is more suitable for catching pike perch on the Oka – “Sima” from “Daiva” or “Cardiff” from “Shimano”.

Different zander – different spinning rods

What zander will be discussed in the article? Of course, about the average zander of central Russia. The basis of its diet is mainly bottom fish, and in most cases it is caught from the bottom. But sometimes pike perch goes to feed and in the upper layers of water and even grabs the bait when it is brought down. I came across such an “abnormal” zander several times in the fall on the Oka River near Kasimov and Kolomna. There are also frequent cases of large fangs coming out to feed in the coastal zones of large bodies of water. For zander, living in the desalinated waters of the Baltic Sea, this is generally a common occurrence, and they catch it here only this way – on light baits among stones off the coast. But recently, more and more such behavior of pikeperch has been encountered by spinning people in inland waters, large lakes and reservoirs. Examples include Lake Ilmen, parts of Lake Kubensky and Rybinki. Similar conditions include the recently popular night fishing of zander for wobblers.

So, for such a shallow-coastal zander, spinning rods are needed completely different than for jig fishing – lighter and softer. Here we will only talk about spinning rods for deep, bottom fishing for pike perch mainly on jig baits. Such spinning should meet the following requirements:
– have the length necessary for the given fishing conditions;
– possess good sensory, sensitivity, for researching the bottom and transmitting the slightest touch of fish to the bait;
– have sufficient range so that you can get moving zander without rearranging the boat (although the concepts of "ultrafast" and "ultra-long-range" are practically incompatible);
– work out the bite with the desired amplitude and power; At the same time, the spinning tip performs not only the role of a bite signaling device, but also the role of a kind of fish “hooker”;
– provide reliable penetration of the stiff jaws of the pike perch by hooks;
– hold the fish and extinguish its jerks during survival;
– possess the necessary power reserve in order to first “unfasten” the fish from the bottom, and then raise it to the surface.

Form blank and order

Undoubtedly, the construction of the form under our average Russian conditions should be either fast or superfast. But with some reservations. Many manufacturers of inexpensive spinning rods from Asia position their products as spinning rods of a fast order, although in reality they are not such, because they are manufactured using materials that do not correspond to the declared manufacturer and are not able to provide this very speed. The apparent “shock” speed is a consequence of the fact that the spinning is made more rigid in the end and middle parts due to the increase in wall thickness. Naturally, this greatly increases the weight of the rod. Such a spinning rod has a noticeable imbalance: it begins to peck forward and even the use of heavy coils does not help cure this disease.

The very construction of the form, its form, which is closest to ideal foppiness, in my opinion, should look like this: a thin, but rather tough, sensitive tip, capable of feeling the gentle bite of an inactive well-fed fish at great depths, combined with a very powerful butt. Many anglers consider the thin tip to be a weak point of gaddy spinning – and in vain. The load of good spinning is distributed so that it is minimal at the end rings. The main burden during fishing is on the butt. As some experts like to say, the load of a good spinning rod “flows” smoothly from the tip to the butt, creating critical forces, “until breaking”, at the place where the handle plug starts.

To feel how this really happens, you can statically load the spinning. How to do this is clearly visible in the photo below. The man who holds the spinning by the butt is forced to make serious efforts, while his assistant holds the rod by the tip with just two fingers. By the way, this method of testing blank allows you to determine other parameters of the rod: the form of bending of the blank at high loads, the true power of the spinning, the rigidity of the butt, to assess the strength and identify possible factory defects.

I still consider the Lamiglas X10MTS spinning to be the ideal of pike perch construction. Unfortunately, this spinning rod is not high enough, if not quite small, the upper limit on the cast baits. It can be estimated at about 24 grams (although by the parameters indicated on the form, this figure should be much less). For slow-flowing reservoirs or reservoirs with stagnant water and shallow depths, such a test may be sufficient, but what about the Cheboksary reservoir, the Lower Volga or other similar reservoirs, where the fishing depths are close to 20 meters, where there is a strong current and weight applied cargo is in the range of 40-60 grams? Naturally, a more powerful tool will be needed there.


Spinning for catching pikeperch should correspond in terms of power to fishing conditions and the estimated average size of the fish. Too powerful spinning, for example with dough up to 60-70 g when fishing at depths of 15-20 meters and a mild current (Upper Volga, Rybinka, partially Oka), will not allow to realize the majority of weak bites. Especially considering that the sensitivity of the tackle as a whole decreases several times with an increase in the fishing distance due to the large arc of the cord, which it “blows” with the current. Often, such a spinning will not show any contact of the fish with the bait: so gently and carefully, zander sometimes try it on the tooth. When biting, the too hard tip of the spinning rod does not bend, which prevents the fish from fully swallowing the bait, and does not signal the angler that it needs to be hooked.

Such a spinning fully justifies itself only during the “distribution” – with a massive exit of zander to active feeding. The power reserve of the blank allows forced fishing of fish from great depths, which is very important, given the short duration of the period of high activity of fish. For catching passive fish, which we most often encounter when fishing, or for fishing fish, guarded by endless flickering of the same type of bait, it would be more appropriate to choose a lighter spinning rod, with a power closer to the border of the upper range of the main applied loads. That is, when fishing, for example, with lures of 30 grams, it is best to show bites and more often to catch fish spinning with dough up to 35 grams.

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