Sudak is a large river predator that is famous for its gastronomic qualities. The minimum number of bones and tasty meat make it a favorite hunting object for spinning people. Today we will consider how to catch this fish in the hot summer months. Even if you do not understand spinning fishing, read our tips and you will get your first trophy. In short, catching zander in the summer can be divided into two stages. The end of spring and the beginning of summer is the best time for fanging. It actively eats after spawning and is caught across the entire water area of the rivers, catching a hook in the most “non-pike” places. And from the end of June until the fall, the bite becomes less active, and during fishing you have to apply all your knowledge and experience so as not to be left without a catch.
The best time of day when zander is most interested is the early predawn hours and the evening before sunset. This behavior of the predator is associated with the structure of its photosensitive eyes. Twilight fish, which sees well in the dark and is afraid of sunlight, are comfortable hunting in the twilight. Although there are frequent cases of capture of zander in bright sunny weather at shallow depths of about 4-5 m. Early in the morning, a river hunter chases a small fish closer to the shore and gradually dives to a depth at dawn. However, night is also a good time to try your luck. At night, pike perches conduct flock hunting for fry in the near-surface layer. You can see how the glass eyes of predators glow above the water in complete darkness, reflecting the moonlight. Sudak really does not like places with aquatic vegetation. You rarely see him there, with the exception of spawning in late May – early June. At this time, the female spawns among the algae, and the male remains to guard her.
Trying to drive everyone away, he attacks any proposed bait. At these points, the fish is most vulnerable. Therefore, during this period, many rivers have a spawning ban on predator fishing. Given the peculiarities of the behavior of zander in the summer, we look for it as follows: in the morning predawn hours we begin to catch shallow water from the shore in depth, with dawn we move deeper and deeper and examine underwater dumps, tubercles, flooded trees, large stones or other objects – that is, all those places where the zander hides in the shade from the bright sun. On rivers with a course, the activity of toothfish is often associated with the strength of the current. If there is cravings, then the bite is good, and in the complete absence of current, even in promising places, you can’t even bite. At night, zander is caught on wobblers near the surface – where it hunts for flocks of fry. The most popular places for night fishing are bridges with lanterns, under which there is a clear border of light and shadow.
When wiring a wobbler across this border, bites often follow. You can catch both from the shore and from the boat, depending on the conditions of a particular place. But for successful fishing, it is not enough to know only the habitat of zander. An important role is also played by the tackle on which we will catch. Therefore, let's understand further …
Features of the choice of gear for fishing zander
Let's start with zander spinning. The stick is selected primarily on the basis of which bait we will use. In most cases, zander is caught in a jig from the depths. This is a lead weight equipped with silicone, foam or natural fish. The main task in this kind of fishing is to make “stepped” wiring so that the bait jumps along the bottom. This will help us spinning fast and ultrafast order, the hard top of which does not bend under the weight of the bait. Also, a hard stick allows you to better pierce the bony mouth of zander and make accurate casts. The price range of such spinning rods has a wide range. The higher the price, the higher the content of “coal” in it, which makes the product more sensitive, but at the same time more fragile.
For beginners, spinning rods are suitable for inexpensive rods in the price range up to $ 100. And over time, having experienced all the charm of zander fishing, if possible, you can treat yourself with expensive models. The length of the spinning rod for coastal fishing is -2.7-3 m. And for fishing from a boat it is better to use a stick no more than 2.4 m. I prefer spinning rods of 2.1-2.3 m, since I fish in a sitting position and a short stick more comfortable to fish. As for night fishing for pike perch on wobblers or spinners, it’s convenient to use spinning rods not of superfast, but of fast action. A wobbler is a sailing bait, and in order to send it over a long distance, the stick must be flexible, but at the same time not soft. If your lures have an average weight of 7-10 grams, then a fishing rod with a test of 3-15 grams or 5-20 grams will be the most optimal.
Choosing a reel with fishing line
As such, there are no special requirements for the coil. The main thing is that it should be lightweight and designed to work with braided cords. If possible, wrap the cord around the reel when buying and check how it lays the braid. Smooth styling will not only save you from constant “beards”, but also significantly extend the life of an expensive woven cord. An ordinary fishing line can also be wound around the reel spool. But due to its extensibility, you will lose most of the catch, since you will not be able to clearly control the bait, cut the fish in time, and qualitatively make step wiring. Namely, wiring a step and provokes a predator to attack.
Zander Fishing Tactics
Posting in the form of a step can be used to catch underwater dumps both in the direction of the current and against it. The boat is anchored in a deeper place, and the bait is sent aground and is dragged along the dump. Dump is fished along and across. There are days when the pike perch prefers to take the bait, dragging from the ground aground, as, for example, when casting from the shore. And he likes the “oiled” step more pronounced. That is, if the zander does not bite, this does not mean that it is not in the place where you catch. Try different options, pick up a key to capricious fish. Indeed, fishing is always a search and an experiment, and as a result, you will receive a reward in the form of another trophy. Good luck
author Timur Kolesov