Zander fishing - what should be considered? | VIP bait

Zander fishing - that's how it works

The pikeperch is one of the most popular target fish among anglers. The predatory fish, which fishermen also like to call sting knight , feed mainly on small fish such as rascals, roaches or bleak. There are quite a few assumptions about how and where the predator is best to fish. However, pikeperch are quite smart and are not that easy to catch. Therefore, there are a few things to consider when fishing for pikeperch in order to be as successful as possible. In this article you can find out what you should pay particular attention to and which fishing techniques are used when fishing for pikeperch!


Habitat of the pikeperch

Pikeperch, unlike perch, for example, do not have a permanent habitat, but wander around . They can be found in stagnant waters such as lakes and gravel pits, but also in rivers, groynes and canals . They prefer bodies of water with a rather stony or gravel bottom.

Contrary to the assumption that pikeperch can only be found in deep waters , the predatory fish can also be seen in shallow waters . However, it depends on the weather conditions and time of day. Pikeperch are very sensitive to light and avoid brightness. On sunny days, they tend to stay in lower spheres on the bottom.

The special features of the pikeperch

The sting knight is a particularly agile fish . Pikeperch can live up to 20 years and reach a weight of almost 20 kg . Other characteristics of the pikeperch are:

  • very good eyesight, avoid bright light
  • Average length is 40 - 60 cm
  • From 80 cm it is considered a capital catch
  • maximum length is approx. 120 cm
  • parallel stripes on the dorsal and caudal fin
  • close-fitting scaling

The spawning season of the pikeperch is in spring (March to May). Fishing for pikeperch is prohibited here.

Fishing for pikeperch - what should you watch out for?

You can of course fish for any target fish with good luck. And yes, it is often a matter of luck whether the fish bite really well. However, you can also help your luck a little by paying attention to the peculiarities of your target fish and adapting your angling behavior to them . This increases the chances of luring pikeperch, perch, pike and the like from the reserve. You can read below what you should pay particular attention to when fishing for pikeperch.

When is the best time to fish for pikeperch?

As already mentioned, pikeperch spawn from mid-March to late April. So you have closed season . Before that, however, they are very active and in a downright feeding frenzy. The timing must therefore be well chosen. In the warm summer months, pikeperch like to stay in deeper waters, as the oxygen content is higher there and they are also protected from light. Since they are more sensitive to light, they are more active in twilight or in the dark. Their prey fish are then increasingly on the lookout for food and attract the predator.

In cloudy waters or rather bad weather conditions , pikeperch bite well during the day too. However, you will not find them on sunny days, especially in shallow waters.

In autumn the cold-blooded fish become more sluggish again. Nevertheless, pikeperch still bite very well at this time of the year because they are more aggressively looking for food. In winter the predatory fish are very inactive and therefore difficult to attract. In deep water, for example in stagnant water, you still have the best chance by holding the bait in front of the pikeperch . It then depends very much on the right technique to get him on the hook. You can find out more about the correct fishing technique for pikeperch fishing in the following section.

Which fishing techniques are most successful with zander?

The spiked knights spend most of the day on the bottom. The most common fishing techniques for pikeperch are therefore jigging or lazing around . Since pikeperch are relatively shy, they should not be frightened by too much exercise. Low Action Shads are completely sufficient here. When guiding the bait, a light pull over the bottom is sufficient to attract the predatory fish.

Vertical fishing is also popular for pikeperch fishing. Most of the time they already bite in the sinking phase . With a casting weight on the bait, you can best notice when the bait has reached the bottom - the line becomes loose and gives you the signal to tighten it again and to jig the bait easily.

Which bait and rod are best?

Since pikeperch are predatory fish and their prey includes small fish, it is best to choose rubber baits , as they are most similar to natural prey . The size is not necessarily the decisive factor. Big pikeperch will also bite small bait fish and vice versa. It is important that you choose a rubber fish suitable for the water and the weather conditions.

Especially in clear visibility conditions you should avoid bright rubber fish , because the light-sensitive zander is more likely to be deterred by it. Muted colors such as Zander Bait Snake Oil are better suited here. At dusk, at night or when the water is cloudy, you are welcome to use lighter colors such as Green Pumpkin / Chartreuse or Evil Orange . When assembling your bait, make sure that it is as simple as possible.

For fishing for pikeperch it is best to use the spinning rod with a tight tip. With a length of 2 to 2.5 meters you are well positioned from the boat . If you fish from the bank, a length of 2.5 to 2.8 meters is better because you can go further out that way. Wobblers are also popular for bank fishing.

Tip : From the bank, choose bank edges where the bottom drops off quickly and steeply . You have better chances here, as pikeperch like to stay in deeper water. Bays or islands are also good places for pikeperch fishing.

Overall, it has to be said that very many factors can play a role in pikeperch fishing. Above all, the bite mood of the fish is important. Don't let failures put you off and try another spot next time. We hope that our tips can help you a little with your fishing experience.

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