The article tells about how to catch zander in the winter and where to look for it, as well as how to catch it on vents and spinners in the dead end.
In winter, zander begin to catch after the thickness of the ice becomes more than 8 centimeters. However, you should not rush out onto the ice, because it may still not be strong enough to support your weight. It is better to wait a bit until the frosts become stronger, and with it the ice will not get stronger.
After the formation of ice in a pond, pike perch most often hides on the edge, on kinks, in snags, under hills, and of course in pits. It is best to catch pike perch on the first ice. When the thickness of the ice begins to increase, the pike perch leaves all these places, especially if their location is very far from the main channel.
In the first days after the appearance of ice in a pond, pike perch feeds more at the bottom. In this period of time, it is best to catch it on live bait. For catching pike perch, a gudgeon, ruff, perch can best be used as bait fish. The installation of zherlits on zander is carried out along the brow, at the depth differences, above the pits and exits from them. Before arranging, it is important to familiarize yourself with the bottom topography as best as possible, for this you can use a depth gauge, or an echo sounder, with which you can thoroughly study the features of the bottom section of the reservoir on which it is planned to place the girders for catching pike perch. It is very important to study the bottom, since it will depend on how accurately the arrangement is done, whether you catch zander or not. Therefore, it is better to spend how many days in search of a suitable place for fishing and in the future you will always be guaranteed to stay with a good catch.
It is very difficult to catch pike perch in the dead of winter and this is connected not only with its poor activity and large thickness of ice. Zander during this period of time can go near the zherlitsa and completely ignore it. Zander is active in this period only when the weather for three days is absolutely stable.
In winter, fishing for zander is best done by a small company, so there is a high probability of finding a parking place for zander and catching it rather than doing it alone. And since zander is a school of fish, the most important thing is to find a school of fish, and then a technical matter.
At the end of winter, pike perch gradually begins to go to sections of the reservoir with a flat bottom. This is due to the fact that daylight hours increase, snow begins to melt, the oxygen level in the water changes and the main reason is the activity of small fish, which is food for pike perch, increases. At this time, zander can be found on the shallows and even on the surface of the reservoir.
At this time, zander is best caught on a plumb bob. The most important thing in this method of fishing is the mood and preparation of the fisherman. Before proceeding with the lure, it is necessary to work out the route of movement. The length of the route can be very different, it all depends primarily on physical fitness. Some anglers during fishing for pike perch on sheer whiskers pass through a reservoir up to 10 kilometers. When driving along a pre-planned route, absolutely all probable places where a flock of zander can be located should be caught. If zander is found, it is necessary to catch a good place within a radius of 100 meters. Once the bites have stopped, you can leave, because the flock is gone and you should not hope that it will return, this will not happen and it is better to start moving further along the route.
Catching sheer lures requires tremendous skills from a fisherman. All movements performed during fishing should be worked out to automaticity, the tackle must be felt, it must not be allowed to dangle spontaneously in the water, as this can alert zander and it will simply leave. The spinner should always be at a height of about 20 centimeters from the bottom. It is necessary to lift it smoothly without sudden movements. After the spinner is raised to the highest point, it is released back. After that, the climb is repeated again. During lifting and lowering, it is important not to forget to withstand short pauses of literally 10 -15 seconds each. It is not worthwhile to hold the lure for a long time at the upper point, as this can frighten off the pike perch.
Pike perch bite is characterized by a heavy hanging or a strong push, which extends into the hand through the rod. As soon as this happens, you need to do a strong and sharp cut. Cutting should be performed even with the most minor blows, it is better to "miss" than miss the long-awaited bite.
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