Spin Fishing summary of the 2018 season by Michał Jandura. Part 3 of 3 – the zander

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February 26, 2019

Spin Fishing summary of the 2018 season by Michał Jandura. Part 3 of 3 – the zander

The last part of my 2018 season summary I would like to fully dedicate to a fish that requires both sophistication and aggression form the angler. Zander – as that is the fish I am talking about, is capable of making you mad and ecstatic at the same time. Even though we can never be certain how will the zander duel end up, the temptation to try is so addictive, that anglers come back to try again and again to conquer it, despite defeats.

2018 was very successful for me in terms of catching zanders. I would not like to sum it up in perspective of the size of fish caught, as each zander successfully hauled to the bank is invaluable to me, but according to the difficulty to catch one. Zanders are extremely quick, so each late reaction of the angler ends up with a fish lost. Some time ago I have heard that the angler only has 0.4 of a second to strike a zander. Even though I never really managed to put that on trial, having my own experience I can easily believe that.

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THE ROD
Due to very specific pattern of zander behaviour, it is best to use sturdy rods with quick action; they will not only cope with flair of the fish, but also with its large size. Last season I had a chance to test the Kamisori Zander rod with casting weight up to 35 g, in action. I was arming it with the lures exceeding 12 g. The rod stands out with a strong blank, that guarantees steady hauling of a larger catch, and with a split handle construction that allows to sense even the slightest touch of a lure. Kamisori Zander works in half of its length, clearly showing the angler all the moves of a fish.

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THE REEL
Zander angling leaves no space for mistakes. Each part of the rig used has to be carefully thought – through. That is why for my zander fishing trips I only choose the sturdy equipment that I am 100% sure of. In previous parts of this series, I mentioned the Black Crystal reel – strong build with high-quality components make it a reliable companion in any situation. That is precisely why I decided to use it for zander fishing, choosing the 3005 and 2005 models. The reel works perfectly with the introduced before, Kamisori Zander rod; that great mutual work can be sensed both when casting and hauling. Its high specs allow to feel safe at the fishery, while its sophisticated design pleases the eyes. All in all – mint!

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THE LURES
As I mentioned previously, zander fishing is not exactly the easiest thing to do. Besides incredible speed, those fish stand out with their pickiness. Luckily Mikado has a wide variety of lures to deal with that issue and that make even the pickiest predators happy.
Vast majority of models that attracted the zanders at my fisheries were described in previous parts (part 1 – the pike, part 2 – the perch). The models range that I am talking about include: Furyo, Speedo, Saira and always deadly effective, when it comes to opening of the fishery – the Fishunter.

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Besides well tested lures, that proved to be versatile, speaking of zanders, I would like to mention two more models that in the 2018 season turned out to be just as effective. I am talking about the Nihonto and Fish Fry here.

Nihonto is a massive, ribbed lure with a wider tail, that stands out with an aggressive action that triggers predators. It is so effective due to a hydroacoustic wave being produced by the moving lure, that affects the side-line of zanders and provokes them to attack.

Fish Fry on the other hand is unique through its massive body, that goes to thinner, swallow-tailed ending. Action of that lure is narrow and quick and goes well with the jig-angling. Usually I use it to attract lazy fish that are indifferent to other lures.

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Zander angling is not as easy as it might seem at a first sight. It surely requires lots of patience and perseverance that allow to gain proper skills and practice. Other, very important thing is the equipment – reliable, strong and quick. Then there is a proper lure, that has an action that delivers the results. In the 2018 I managed to properly mix all those requirements and what I got were many stunning fish. Joy and excitement coming from zander fishing are worth the effort that has to be invested into preparations for the trip, while possibility to admire them compensates any defeat.

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Third and the last part of my summary stimulates to re-think and reflect. May great moments by the water were not only due to the fish caught, but also due to people met. At the very end I would like to thank all of you, who I could meet, spent some time fishing with and learn something new from. I would like to also thank my colleagues from the Mikado Fishing Team that I created a crew with during contests. We are facing a new season, which hopefully will bring us lots of fish that will help to create another, broad summary of the season next year; I wish that to all the readers and myself with all my heart.

Best regards,
Michał Jandura
Mikado Fishing Team

Read also:
Spin Fishing summary of the 2018 season by Michał Jandura. Part 1 of 3 – the pike
Spin Fishing summary of the 2018 season by Michał Jandura. Part 3 of 3 – the zander

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