All you need to know about catching Zander

All you need to know about catching Zander

Zander is a close relative of the Perch, sharing very similar appearances with and even reminding some anglers of Pike. However, contrary to popular opinion, Zander is not a hybrid species, but a completely unique one with its long body and spiky fins.

While originating in the Eastern part of Europe and some regions in  Asia, this species was introduced to the British Isles back in the twentieth century and since then, its population has grown immensely.

Even though they are a less popular choice for angling, we still feel it’s worth providing a guide for those looking to try their luck with Zander. Below, we will illustrate the main things you need to know about the species.

What is the best location for Zander catching?

Zander are considered a predatory species, which means that they prefer to remain low key in their habitats. Tree overhangs, bridges and other places where the fish can hide better from the surrounding world are their preferred places of habitat.

Smaller species that Zander feeds upon also frequent these places, which means that such places can be ideal for catching Zander.

Choosing your rod

Typically, a mid-range spinning rod is your best bet when going for Zander. They’re considered a strong fish species with a powerful jawline that lets them easily feed on smaller fish within a body of water.

In this case you’ll need an option that can both handle the fish, but won’t hamper the mobility of your attempts.

Sharp and strong hooks are a must

The best practice to follow before heading out for Zander is to properly prepare your hooks. Because of their strong and bony jaws, you’ll need to go for the sharpest options that you have in your arsenal.

Some anglers even choose to bring their hook sharpeners on the trip itself if they feel like it might make a difference. Quite often, it does make a huge difference and since it's such a quick and simple process, you might want to bring one with you yourself.

Be thorough

Like most types of predatory fishing, catching Zander involves a combination of patience and precision, while at the same time, trying to cover as much ground as possible. 

Don’t simply cast in a single place and wait for too long, try everywhere in the surrounding area and see what works for you best. Typically, around 30 minutes in a spot will be enough to see if the fish are biting.

Watch out for strikes

Zander often strike their targets very gently, which you have to keep your eyes sharp in order to see when the fish are biting. Even if you notice just a little tap, it’s worth checking out whether or not the fish are stricken.

If you’ve set up everything correctly and have a nice sharp hook, you will be catching Zander in no time.

All in all

Today we’ve talked about the basics of Zander. All you need is a bit of preparation and to understand their key features, but angling for Zander won’t be a problem for you at all.

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