When it comes to spinning for pike-perch, you hear and read certain theses over and over again. We show you the 9 biggest mistakes in pike-perch fishing and how many of them are true and you can avoid them.
The pike perch is the most sought-after predator for many spinning fisher- also and precisely because many anglers find it hard to catch. Especially inexperienced spinning fishermen often make mistakes when fishing for pike-perch, which prevents their catch from being successful. This is also true if one uncritically relies on certain myths and statements that are made about pike perch fishing.
Great pike-perch are loners.
You can’t say that like that. Capital pike-perch almost always stay directly between their smaller conspecifics. Where an undersized fish gets on the hook, the next pike-perch can be a capital one. Nevertheless, not every place where smaller pike perch bite can be expected to have large fish. They avoid the fishing pressure, why the chance on a capital pike perch is usually very small at strongly fished places.
With a Jig head, there are fewer hangers than with a round head.
At best, this is true in waters where the bottom is full of tree stumps and branches. When the bait hits the bottom of the water, the hook at the top prevents a hanger from hitting the wood in individual cases. In practice, however, even in this situation around the head is hardly inferior. First, the weight of the lead always hits the ground, and before the complete lure lies on the ground and possibly tips over, it has usually long since been started again. This is especially true for rubber lures made of floating material.
In our experience, jigheads are even more effective in stony waters. The square leads head cants between stones faster and then slips out worse than a round model. Also, an jighead cannot be thrown so far.
Only small pike perch get caught in the additional drilling and many fish get caught with it.
Wrong! We strongly recommend fishing all rubber baits from 10 centimeters long with a combination of short jig hook and additional drilling. This presentation makes it much easier for the pike perch to suck in the bait. A single, large jig hook is a hindrance. Many capital pike-perch get caught on the additional drilling. So use a stinger for a better bite while fishing for pike perch.
For pike perch fishing with rubber fish, you need a strikingly dyed line.
It is possible to visually perceive basic contacts and bites with a conspicuous netting. Nevertheless, we strongly advise against using such lines, because otherwise, the angler runs the risk of concentrating only on the line – which makes successful night fishing impossible. It’s just a matter of practice to register everything on the rod. If you can do that, you will also be able to fish at dusk or at night, which is necessary for some waters to catch pike perch regularly.
With an inconspicuous line, you can learn the bite detection and bait control over the rod while fishing pike perch and is, therefore, better equipped for the nightly pike perch tours.
Big baits bring bigger pike perches.
In the warm season, this is completely wrong. Then baits between 8 and 14 centimeters do not only bite a lot of pike perches, but also most big fish. Significantly larger shads at high water temperatures may result in more false bites, but no noticeable increase in average pike perch size.
Smaller fish will also attack the XXL baits, but the big baits are difficult to handle and tearing off is much more expensive. In late autumn and winter.Lures 16 to 20 centimeters long often make the most contact with pike perches in all sizes.
The jig head should be chosen as light as possible for pike-perch fishing.
This is correct, but there are exceptions. As a rule of thumb, you can remember that the sink phase should last about two seconds after starting the shad from the bottom. If you choose your jig head so that this is achieved, you are never completely wrong. Especially in shipping canals and deep lakes, however, I have often experienced that unleaded lures catch better. So it makes sense to test the head weight for five grams or more. Fishing too light is not advisable. If your rubber bait has no regular ground contact, it will no longer be in the field of vision of the pike perch.
The rubber fish is the best zander bait.
In daylight, this statement is true in the vast majority of cases. This is because the light-sensitive pike-perch are then located where the incidence of light is lowest – at the bottom of the water. This is where a rubber fish can best be offered, thanks to the hook pointing upwards. Blinkers, spinners, and wobblers bring too many hooks during a guided tour close to the bottom or collect rubbish, which makes the bait unattractive. In the dark, however, the situation looks different, because the pike-perch then likes to rob the middle water to ascend. Here, slim wobblers often bring more bites than a rubber fish.
With an inconspicuous fluorocarbon leader, you get more zander bites.
Wrong! Most good pike perch waters have more or less strong turbidity. Here it doesn’t matter whether you fish with a steel leader or a fluorocarbon leader. At most in relatively clear waters and the sunshine, a measurable difference in the bit rate between steel and fluorocarbon is noticeable in rare cases.
If you don’t have a break by a hanger, such a leader is very durable. Steel usually has to be replaced after a few fishes because it is buckled and therefore loses enormous load-bearing capacity. We advise using thick fluorocarbon from 0.50 millimeters. It is relatively super safe and capital pike perch can be twisted quickly and easily.
In winter, you have to look for pike perch in the deepest parts of the water.
For standing waters, this statement applies to a large extent. Here the water temperature is highest in the deepest areas during the cold season. Since fish are warm and changeable animals, they prefer to stay there. However, all zander never stays at the same depth. So you have good chances to catch pike perch even outside the deepest parts.
In flowing waters, water depth plays a subordinate role in winter. Due to the current, the water mixes permanently, so that its temperature is about the same everywhere. Even during frost, I have often caught river pike perch in areas that are only one to three meters deep. On the other hand, the flow pressure has to be taken into account. During the cold season, river pike-perches like to go to calm places such as harbor basins.
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