Fishing for pike perch on soft baits

Fishing for zander for many anglers is really considered symbolic, well, maybe not sweeter than love, as Anton Pavlovich Chekhov said, but one of the most fascinating. And in terms of taste, pike perch will give odds to many other fish, at least in the jellied.

"Stubbornness" of the zander

Another well-known feature of this predator is “stubbornness” or persistence in resistance after hooking, moreover, its mouth is stiff and strong so that it is not always possible to break it with the stings of a tee with just one hook. Often required and additional.

The most popular bait for zander

The most widely used jigging silicone baits for zander fishing, especially recently. These are the most popular lures. Other popular tricks are the so-called "foam". Their sizes range from 5 to 8 centimeters. Large foam rubber fish are used in spring and autumn; in the summer, brighter and smaller fish from foam rubber are used.

Efficient wiring method

The most used and effective way to maintain a soft jig bait is wiring, which is called stepped. In summer, such wiring is carried out in the usual mode, and in the autumn, for the most part, accelerated and slightly shortened wiring is used, if we talk about the phases of winding and pause, although the pause can sometimes be delayed. These changes may be related to specific fishing conditions at the moment in the pond. And a prolonged pause is often used in the first minutes of fishing, when the bait is given the opportunity to lie down at the bottom for several seconds. Then, step wiring is performed. Sometimes the wiring begins with a pull of the bait along the bottom. This dragging on the bottom silt creates sounds and turbidity, attracting a predator.

How to choose fishing spots

When choosing a fishing spot, priority should be given to the edgelines located at the exit from the pits, where there is an uneven bottom topography and there are oncoming vortex flows, which in turn form a reverse flow. Places of productive fishing for pike perch are usually where the bottom is relatively solid. These are sand manes and placers of stones, as well as clay with uneven bottom topography. These seat selection options are mainly suitable for small and medium sized rivers. On large reservoirs, the Volochka are often the best fishing spots, that is, the beds of flooded rivers and streams and the old bank of the Volga or other large river, which has become a pronounced edge after the formation of the reservoir.


The baits, which can be classified as soft and which are not so often used by spinningists, can be classified as wobics. Meanwhile, these are often very effective bait for pike perch. They are distinguished by good flight qualities when casting over a long distance, just falling into the chosen fishing spot. This is achieved by a slight sailing in flight, unlike other baits. And when they fall into the water, the Wabiki emit the air stored in the hairs, attracting the predator with bubbles. Goat wool is used to make wabiks.

Cheap bait for pike perch

As already mentioned, foam fish are among the popular, effective and inexpensive bait for pike perch. The most commonly used foam hooks are double hooks, which are more hooky than single hooks. In addition, double hooks can be used to make the foam lure not catch. To do this, just place the sting of hooks along the foam body of the bait. But for this, the size of the double and the bait must be precisely selected. More attractive for pike perch are foam rubber fish without a tail. They are more brisk and nimble, which attracts an active predator.

Effective and equally popular soft lures

Effective and equally popular soft lures include silicone twisters, vibro-tails, edible rubber worms that attach to jig heads, Texas rigs and other flexible rigs with a load and a hook. Their main difference is in the active game attractive to the predator and bright colors, which are more noticeable for zander at great depths. Especially effective are the acid colors of silicone baits, and at dusk there is no alternative to luminous baits. At relatively shallow depths, baits with natural colors have proven themselves best. These are the so-called "Mans" colors of green with sparkles or pearl white.