The best winter spinners for zander


It is quite difficult for those who just discover fishing for pike perches in winter to not get lost in needles and acne, tubes and trapezes, williams and admirals and decide for themselves which ones are better. In addition, it is not enough to buy and tie a lure, you need to know how to catch it in certain conditions, and this only comes with experience.

In this article we set the task to give a general description of the variety of winter lures for pike perch in order that the words “castamaster”, “maropaeda”, “pike perch”, “uchinskaya”, etc., in the minds of a novice fisherman fit into a harmonious picture, and an experienced fisherman the cooter had something to add in the comments to further clarify the specifics of fishing for a particular piece of metal of elongated shape.


Pike perch on spinner

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Fishing for pike perch in the winter requires skill

In catching pike perch in winter (on a spoon, balancer or vib, it does not matter) the first difficulty is to find it. To do this, you need to know the fishing area, the place where the pike perch prefers to stand, and be prepared to move a lot and drill a lot. Suppose a fish spot has been discovered. In this case, experienced cootch fishermen leave the ice with a catch, and beginners still often do not leave zero, without taking into account a number of nuances. In particular, sluggish zander prefers a low-amplitude game, often pecks on pauses. This determines the choice of both bait and wiring.

Typical wiring when fishing for pike perch in the plumb line – a short toss – within 30 cm, and a long pause that can reach 15 seconds. And a monotonous, stable repetition of movements. But as for the specifics – speed, height of the flip, pause length – there can be no clear instructions, everything is selected intuitively and experimentally and comes only with experience.

Each lousy bait has its pros and cons. Why do many fishermen prefer to catch pike perch in the winter on a spinner rather than on a balancer? Because, firstly, the main food of pikeperch – small fish – feeding, is located vertically, and the spinner, in contrast to the balancer, looks more natural in this world. Secondly, spinners can have a more diverse game, and not just horizontal amplitude vibrations.

Winter pike perch in the winter – video for beginners

For more information about the features of catching pike perch on a spinner in the winter (selection of fishing rod, fishing line, depth, etc.), see the video:

The best lure for zander – what is it?

The form. Definitely narrow and oblong. That should be the perfect bait for pike perch in the winter. Like the fuss feed base. Because the fanged mouth is not particularly widespread.

Weight. Opinions on this score diverge significantly. The range is from 5 to 30 g. Such a wide corridor has an explanation – the choice of the optimal weight in each specific situation is influenced by: the shape of the bait and its “behavior” when falling, the depth of fishing, the presence of the current, the season (first ice, deaf weather or spring).

Length – from 5 to 10 cm. It is believed that the bait that goes beyond these sizes, winter zander can be less interesting.

Color. It is widely believed that the best lure for pike perch in the winter is silver.

Another important point in the successful fishing of zander is the sharpness of the hook, since the mouth of a fanged dog is strong, and bites in the winter are often weak and delicate.

Pike perch on a spinner

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History with geography

In world fisheries, there are three main branches of the development of metal baits for winter zander, which have certain common features. This is an American, Scandinavian trend and what we can arbitrarily call "a native of the USSR."

What kind of spinners on zander suggested America

The ancestor of American spinners, working on winter zander, can be considered the company Acme. It was she who put the famous bait Castamaster (Kastmaster) developed in the 50s of the last century by Art Lavallem and became a household name, designating a specific type of baubles – a cylindrical blank cut at the top and bottom at certain angles (17 ° and 23 °).

Another authentic American product is the Swedish Pimple from Bay De Noc, which has been available for over 50 years. The spinner is cast, has a smooth or pimpled surface, is available in all kinds of colors, in shape resembles an oblong petal. It is believed to be great for fishing on the first ice and in the wilderness.

We owe the Canadian designers the appearance of the Williams Ice Jig (Williams Ice Jig), a feature of which is the presence of two soldered hooks, supposedly reducing the number of gatherings. We will hardly find especially enthusiastic reviews of domestic fishermen about this bait, but many emphasize its versatility.

Spinners of American Origin

In the photo from left to right, spinners from the American continent: castamaster, Swedish pimple, Williams ice jig

What do the Scandinavians catch zander in winter

It is believed that the Scandinavian winter baubles for zander are not particularly suitable for catching groats. Nevertheless, these lures are well thought out and designed for a variety of fishing conditions. The specificity of most Scandinavian spinners is their equipment with hooks on a hanging chain. Accordingly, during posting, pauses of 10 seconds or more are desirable in order to avoid the hook being caught in the fishing line. The Scandinavians, namely the Finnish company Puustjärven (Puustajärven), gave the world fishery such famous lousy spinners as Alaska, Hopeasiipi and Veteran.

Alaska is considered a classic. A long bulk metal plate is flat on one side and has a convex hump on the other. With free planning, keeping the horizontal, as if trembling from side to side.

Hopeasiipi (Hopeasiipi in translation – "silver wing") has the shape of an elongated triangle and an intense game with sweeping swings and wagging tail. Unusual for pronunciation, the word "hopeasipi" has led to the fact that the people in the name are hippisippi, hopea and even hippy. The handling of this bait needs to be adapted in every sense.

Veteran (Veteran) – this is another type of lousy spinners. Unlike the Scandinavians mentioned above, it has wings that allow a polished piece of metal to make under water not so much vibrations as wide gliding movements and diving.

Note that this is not the whole list of catchy gadgets of Scandinavian lures, but, perhaps, their main types.Scandinavian pike perches

Scandinavian baubles in the photo from left to right: Alaska, Hopeasipi, Veteran

The best spinners "native to the USSR" – do it yourself

They were called mainly either by the name of their inventors, or by form. The most famous are Vlasovskaya, Uchinskaya, Matveychikov’s spoon-bait, Maropedka, V.A. Cobra Yudenko, the trihedral of Sabanuev (coffin, trapezoid). We also have a fairly wide range of home-made spinners, the roots of the invention of which we were not able to recover for certain. Among them: a hexagon (impeller), a tube, a beam, a boat, a needle, a nurse, a crooked knife, carnations, pike perch, etc. There are really a lot of varieties.

Perhaps the only domestic spinner manufactured in the USSR industrially and working on zander in the winter is the famous heavy Atom, born in the 50s. last century. Although it can be more regarded as a pike bait. By the way, the workers called it “Atom”, seeing an external resemblance to the atomic bomb.

In order to immediately prevent disputes regarding the correspondence of a picture to a name, let’s say that often different authors and sources (including authoritative ones) apply completely different images to the same names. For example, under the guise of a “famous Vyatka spinner” we will also find S.M. spinners Muravlyova sample of 1917, and what we know under the name "pipe".

Winter zander

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This year Vlasov’s spinner (IM Vlasov’s spinner) turned 70 years old – for the first time her drawings were published in 1949 in the almanac “Athlete-fisherman”. Now the idea of ​​the original form, if not lost, is significantly blurred. Obviously only that it should be oblong, "have a noticeable transverse slope and a small longitudinal bend." The game should be smooth, then it moves diagonally, oscillating finely. What passive fish need.

The form of the Uchinsky spoon-bait was described as far back as 50-60. of the last century, received the name from the Uchinsky reservoir. It is characterized by an active game, well suited for finding fish. It is made from a combination of cupronickel and brass. It is often recommended for beginner fishermen and when fishing depths of 4 to 8 m.

The bait of Vladimir Matveychikov is well known in the world of sport fishing. It works best at a depth of 1.5 to 5 m. Despite the simplicity of the form (you can easily do it yourself), it is characterized by a stable game – going to the side with swaying sides.

Spoons of the USSR

In the photo, from left to right: Vlasovskaya Spinner, Uchinsk Spinner, Matveychikov Spinner

Maropaeda was born as an attempt to make a copy of Matveychikov’s spinner, but the inventor (A. Vorobyov) couldn’t repeat the exact author’s bend, as it turned out to be a mix of Matveychikov’s spinner, Rumba and torpedo – Maropaeda, which proved to be a catchy bait for which it works like short and sharp waves, and smooth discharges.

Cobra V.A. Yudenko, according to its author, combined oscillations without rotation, buoyancy at a certain rate of wiring and vibration of the tail. All this increases the catchability and protects the fishing line (cord) from twisting.

The needle, another winter bait on perch from among the catchy homemade goods, unfolds in skillful hands. There are overwhelms, but if you select the wiring, it works clearly. Pike perch, perch, and pike peck at her. True, not suitable for shallow depths of up to 2 m.

Soviet baubles

In the figure, from left to right: Maropedka, Cobra, Needle

The pipe (flute) is a steel or brass pipe with ends cut at an angle: 60 ° at the tee, 30 ° at the top (or according to other sources, 30 ° and 45 °, respectively). Today they are hollow, sealed and composite. Good for beginner fishermen.

The author of the trihedral (coffin, trapezoid) is considered to be the famous Leningrad spinning player Viktor Sabunayev in the past. In addition to the Sabunayev version, there were others, but it was this master who introduced the "gold standard" of the bait.

Hexagon (impeller) – one of the most “ancient”, simple and common types of baubles until recently. It features a relatively large weight and a uniform game. When falling into the strona, it leaves insignificantly, but due to its large weight, it creates long-damped oscillations, which can provoke a passive predator.

Russian homemade

In the figure, from left to right: tube, trihedral, twisted hexagon

Types of Lures for Plumbing Pikeperch

This is not the whole list of pike perches. There are such well-known home-made products as a needle, a beam, a carnation, a boat, a nurse, gadgets … There are so many of them, how to figure it out? For this, in fact, it is important to know that all pike perches are divided into three types.

Pilker is a heavy narrow-body spinner designed for fishing at great depths. Originally developed for sea fishing. The classic proportions of length and width are 6: 1. It is believed that, as such, there is no pronounced independent game for pilkers. Therefore, they are quite simple to learn, well suited for novice fishermen. Also, due to moderate vibrational movements, they are used in passive fish. We will conditionally classify pilkers: Castamaster, Alaska, Vlasovskaya, Uchinskaya spinners, tube, hexagon, needle, carnation, nurse, boat. As you can see, this category is numerous.

The bulk is slowly sailing, as if crumbling to the bottom. The center of gravity, as a rule, is located almost in the center, due to which the spinner does not fall, but trembles, slowly dropping. Such baits include the Swedish pimple, Hopeasipi, trihedron, beam, Matveychikov’s bait, Maropedka and lump bump.

The planning bait actively deviates from the vertical, due to which it is able to catch a fairly wide water area and attract more predators. The classic planning baubles are Williams Ice Jig, Veteran, Cobra and Atom.

Types of spinners on the game

In the photo from left to right: a typical pilker, loose (beam) and glider

How will such a classification help us? Very simple. Now we have a general idea of ​​what geometry of the bait leads to what kind of underwater behavior – complaisant or expressive-dynamic. And, choosing a spinner, we know that:

firstly, the more complicated the movement of the bait under water, the more difficult it is to effectively animate it;
secondly, the more passive the fish, the calmer the lure behavior should be;
thirdly, the more actively the bait moves, the larger the area under the ice can be caught, which is good when searching for fish.

On a spoon

Photo by the user of the site NikolayM from the news "The heat has gone!"

The next question is from what is described above, which lure can I buy and catch? That is, what is actually the TOP of the best spinners for pike perch?

TOP 10 – the best spinners for zander

Compiling any rating, and especially the rating of lures, is a rather ungrateful task, the choice of one or another angler is very subjective. The numbers under which the baits do not at all mean the level of their popularity. This is just a numbering adopted for ease of presentation.

Our rating included spinners such as pilker and bulk produced industrially (not homemade products) and falling into the conditionally budget range – up to 500 rubles (except for the odious “pimple”). Perhaps something we have lost sight of. Be sure to write about it in the comments.

1. Noise tube

You can buy it, or you can do it yourself if you have a certain knack. Simple, proven, famous. It is with a loud-tube that beginners often begin to master the winter pike perch lure. Classic pilker.

Noise tube

2. ECOPRO Shprot

This spinner, relatively new in the lineup of the St. Petersburg company ECOPRO, will rapidly gain popularity. Sellers of fishing shops say that they are increasingly going to them specifically for "sprats".


3. Halco Twisty

"Hulk" has long been considered a classic winter pike perch. The original from Twisty is a reliable, proven, 100 percent catchy. By the way, the bauble is Australian. Refers to bulk, has a very interesting game.


4. ECOPRO Alaskan

This spinner is a double of the famous Scandinavian Alaska. Like many replicas from ECOPRO, it showed itself on the good side. Our Alaska is notable for its price and availability in stores, unlike the true Puustajarven. And at the same time it catches itself.


5. Admiral Sudak

This spinner is more popular in the European part of our country, it is considered a pilker, it comes in all kinds of colors and is available in a wide range of weights. The admiral steadily behaves on a course and at the same time is very affordable.


6. Sudakova

Another low-cost pilger with nickel silver covered with a phosphor, which attracts zander under ice very well. Pike perch from the series is cheap and cheerful, easy to use, suitable for beginner anglers, a must have in general.


7. ECOPRO Gadgets

This St. Petersburg bulk on our reservoirs can rightfully be considered a classic. Many anglers have the luck of ECOPRO in their arsenal and successfully catch it.


8. Bay De Noc Swedish Pimple

The same "Swedish pimple." Yes, it is not cheap – the original costs more than 500 rubles, the United States, what you wanted. But absolutely catchy. Although not to say that it is especially easy to handle.

Swedish pimple

9. KOI Striped Iceberg

Import derivative of the trihedral-granular bulk is from Japan. The form allows you to use it not only as a vertical lure, but also with horizontal postings. By the way, KOI Striped Iceberg is forged.

Spinner Koi

10. Nord Waters Nirvana

Analogues of Nirvana of the Northern Waters in our country are made by craftsmen from old tweezers. The ribs on it are designed for a sonar effect. Not to say that it is especially popular in wide circles, but it catches zander perfectly. For the price – average.


Many of the lures of the domestic invention mentioned in this article can be made with your own hands, if you wish, or you can contact those who already do this well.

We hope you find the material useful or at least informative. We look forward to your additions to our vision in the comments to the article!

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