Pike perch night fishing

Hunting areas for zander at night. Which bait to catch, and which should not even be tried.

Night fishing for zander is not included in a number of popular and common ways of catching this fanged predator. But not because of low efficiency, but often only because of the difficult conditions that are always present at night. This is a poor visibility, and in autumn it is already a real darkness with drizzling rains and swelling gusts of an icy wind. Nevertheless, there are fishermen who devote their passion to night fishing. Why? The main reason is that the capture of captured fish is possible at night. It was at this time that the largest fanged predator came out.

For the most part, the need for night fishing for zander arises in the summer, when there is stuffy heat. And during this period, the pike perch begins to hunt at night, and at that time it chooses the places of its hunting that are not quite typical for this predator, namely, rocky and sandbanks. The usual places for his hunting: deep edges, broken rocky reliefs, sand manes at a depth where currents of different strength are found. And here he can hunt even on rifts resembling mountain rivers. Moreover, only in such places you can hear the characteristic gurgling sounds and a real "fight" of pike perch, when heavy blows break the silence of the night. You won’t hear it in the afternoon.

Wobblers for catching pike perch at night

But at night, anglers hunting for zander lose the most wobblers. And they can not be called cheap. At night, it is almost a consumable. What is the reason for this? Failure of wobblers, often blades, is associated with a shallow depth at which fishing occurs. And not necessarily the blade will be smashed to pieces by captured trophy. They are beaten on a rocky bottom and not the largest individuals. Several factors are combined here: shallow depth, the strength of this predator, the hard bottom and the small size of the wobblers, which are more susceptible to destruction due to weak material and the design of the bait. And most often at night, small wobblers are used. These are usually minnow class lures. Only, unlike day fishing at night, there is no need to twitch, that is, use jerk wiring. What is the use of it if the pike perch does not see the bait, but feels the high-frequency vibrations emanating from it? The advantage of night fishing for zander is also that it is not necessary to have special knowledge of secret ingenious postings.

Shallow bait

Usually, shallow bait is used in night fishing for zander, the depth of which is no more than half a meter. If you use traditional pike perch wobblers, which have a large depth, they will be guaranteed to beat against the rocky bottom and without the participation of pike perch. And their graveyard will be just those very catchy places where zander is held: bottom irregularities, stones, edges.

Fet class wobblers and wallets are also successfully used in night fishing, but they are also selected as the shallowest.

The use of rattlins is most often impractical, because wobblers quickly become unusable, that is, if they do not break, they will quickly be stripped off against a rocky bottom. The front of the lures is particularly affected.


Rotating spinners at night are often superior in performance to wobblers, as these lures have a very bright and high-frequency game. But they also have a big drawback: they spin the fishing line pretty quickly, no matter how tricky the swivel you put. The result may be a "wig", that is, a bundle of fishing line that can no longer be untangled. And here usually the night hears the most emotional exclamations. And not all of them fall into the category of censorship ...


As for heavy jig, the most popular way to catch zander, then in night fishing it will be useless. This is a method of fishing for great depths and is most often the most effective in spring and autumn. And for night fishing, zander is most suitable for micro-jig, where jig heads of about 7 grams in weight and the smallest twisters are used.

Wiring is relatively slow

As already mentioned, there is no particular need for twitching. It can be ordinary uniform wiring. But zander is unpredictable. His grasp can be just the weight on the fishing line, or it can be a fierce blow. Also, not everything is unambiguous with where will the pike perch take? And his attack can even be right under your feet, but more often - in the direction of the water area.