Fishing for zander is extremely popular among St. Petersburg anglers, but it is attractive not only because of its culinary qualities. The fact is that zander, like its close relative, perch, is a schooling fish. Therefore, having found a large flock of zander, you can, as they say, come off in full.
The main methods of catching pikeperch are jigging, a lead, a track, fishing for live bait and sheer whitening. Since in this article we will talk about spinning fishing fishing, we’ll leave the other methods out of the picture, although we will touch upon them in passing. Sudak is kept near the dam of the Gulf of Finland for almost the entire open water season. Moreover, his flocks are sometimes found near the forts on the southern branch of the dam and in winter, when he walks next to the scavenger. But, by the way, we will not deviate from the given topic.
The main places of concentration of pike perch near the dam are the targets, they are also culverts. There is almost always a current there, a fish trifle is spinning, and zander is already hunting for this trifle. This article will mainly deal with the southern branch of the dam, since there is traditionally more zander there and I caught in this place much more often than on the northern branch. For beginners, I’ll explain what is meant by the “branches” of the dam: the southern branch goes from Bronka to Kronstadt, and the northern one goes from Kronstadt to Gorskaya. The largest and densest flocks of pike perch I have met at the first alignment from the side of Bronka. This place has two big advantages. Firstly, there are not many hooks there, and near some other targets they can exhaust the nerves of the most patient fisherman. And secondly, and this is the main thing, the approach of zander to this corner – the sea side of the dam near the first section of the southern branch – is not random, it can be calculated based on the weather.
We look at the forecast
When the weather is nice for several days in a row with a slight southerly or southeast wind, you can safely go to the first section: there is a high probability that zander will be there. The change of wind to the north – north-west disperses the flock, and there is no point in abutting: it is better to go looking for pike perch near other sections, since after Kronstadt the dam makes a turn at almost a right angle and you can always find places where it is quieter.
As zander notes Cheburashka
Near the first alignment from Bronka is shallow, and there jig loads of 8-12 grams are in use. When the flow intensifies, sometimes you have to put up to 15 grams, but this is rather the exception. As long as the weather is favorable, the pike perch at the first gauge is, as they say, “do not stir with a stick”: there are a lot of it, and sometimes two or three pokes occur in one wiring, until the fanged one is detected. By the way, it's time to note that when equipping jig lures for pike perch, hooks should be brought out as close to the load as possible. And it does not matter that most of the bait seems to be bare – this will only benefit the effectiveness of hooks, because the pikeperch hits the victim’s head. Those cargoes, Cheburashka, which turned out to be my centenarians, are completely mottled with cuts from gaddy fangs.
Near the second alignment, zander is no longer so weather dependent, and it is much less likely to calculate the approach of the flock based on weather forecasts. In addition, near the second alignment, especially on the city side, there is a hefty number of blind hooks. Using offset lures on offset hooks helps a little: they just get stuck between pitfalls. But the use of unhooks is guaranteed to reduce the number of productive hooks. Therefore, my personal opinion about offset installations with hook stings pressed to the bait: no, no, and again no. You will avoid at best 20% of the hooks, but the number of idle bites will increase significantly.
The flow at the second alignment is stronger than at the first, the depth is greater, therefore there are 15-25 g of cargo in use. Sometimes, for unknown reasons, the flow intensifies, and then even 35 grams is barely enough. In order to avoid hooks, some switch to a diverting lead with a ballerina sinker, and this really reduces the number of lost baits. But on an outlet, for some unknown reason, smaller zander is caught. This is not my private observation – many people notice it. Therefore, either a jig with a large number of lost baits, or a divert with a smaller zander. Here everyone makes their choice. At the third alignment, it is the fairway through which ships pass through the dam and under which the tunnel is laid, the flow is even stronger. Therefore, there is used a real heavy jig with weights from 40 g. But the zander is bigger there, so the game is worth the candle. There are also plenty of hooks: at the bottom after the construction of the dam, a hefty amount of construction waste remained, not to mention ordinary stones.
Features of the third alignment
I want to end this article with a description of fishing near the second alignment on the northern branch of the dam. This place has been occupied all year by open-water donors with rough gear: a crocodile rod, a thick monofilament fishing line, a powerful, very heavy sinker and a live bait. It’s almost impossible to catch a jig there – you will collect not only fishing lines of donors, but also their “affectionate” words addressed to you. And the zander they catch is quite large – up to 3 kg and occasionally even more. But do not regret this place, lost for true "dzhigits" because of the dominance of donors. The fact is that, in terms of the number of hooks, this target is perhaps the leader on the dam. Donors are saved only by the fact that their gear after casting lies in place. An attempt to hold a jig bait there inevitably ends with a dull hook without any chance of its salvation.
In conclusion, I would like to appeal to fellow anglers. Near the dam, wherever we catch, a lot of small zander weighing 300-500 grams comes across. Let go of the trifle, do not take sin into your soul. In addition, fishing inspections along the dam are not uncommon if someone is caught with a bag of small zander, the fine is such that it is comparable to the cost of the boat. Catch, have fun and let go of the undergrowth. Neither tail nor scales to you, dear fishermen and fishermen! See you at the ponds.
author Maxim Perov