Fishing with rubber fish is still one of the most popular and best ways to catch zander and perch. Especially zander, which used to be caught only in the evening or at night with plugs and occasionally with spinners, can now be caught during the day thanks to the rubber fish on the lead head. In this article I will show you how to successfully fish for zander or perch with rubber fish.
Rubber Fish Colour
Rubber fish are now available in all colours and shapes. What exactly
the fish want is mainly dependent on the water. But you can never go wrong with natural coloured rubber fish. So white and brown bait fish belong in every bait box. In turbid water and low visibility shock coloured rubber fish have proved to be very useful. This includes the well known Firetiger pattern, which also stands out with its strong contrasts.
Weight of the leadhead
What weight we need for our leadheads is also water dependent. Above all it depends on the current and the depth of the water. After all, we always want to have contact with our rubber fish, so that we can also catch bites immediately. At the same time the lead head also determines the length of the sinking phase of the rubber fish. Also the size of our rubber fish has an influence, the bigger the bigger the lead head we need and vice versa. A sinking phase of at least 1 second on shallow water should always be guaranteed. Up to 3 seconds are in the normal range, because during longer sinking phases we are often too far away from the catching area.
- Lead heads from 5 to 10 grams are ideal for style waters up to 5 m depth. If the water is deeper it may be correspondingly more.
- On rivers the current plays an important role in how heavy our lead head has to be. Mostly, however, at least 10 grams and more are required. At strongly flowing areas of the Rhine it sometimes takes 30-35 grams. Mostly we are in between and 14-20 grams are sufficient.
The fishing equipment for zander
- As a spinning rod a fast and stiff rod is used some top zander rods I present here >>.
- A 2500-3000 reel is optimal for zander. An overview of good spinning reels I have created here >>.
- The main line is also important – braided lines with a diameter of 0.12-0.16 mm or monofilament lines with a diameter of 0.25 mm are best. The line should be in striking colours like yellow, pink or red. I have also written a big test about lines >>
- In waters where pike also occur a steel leader should be used as a leader. 6-8 kg carrying capacity is enough. Otherwise I use a 0,25’er Fluorocarbon leader.
- A hook or snap is attached to the leader to change the lure quickly.
Of course you will need a landing net, as well as the usual fishing accessories, such as pliers, hook releases etc. but most of them already have that.
Raising rubber fish correctly
This is how you raise your rubber fish very easily. For the tail of the rubber fish to run well, the hook should come out in the front third up to the middle of the lure.
Lazy fishing and jigging
Lazy fishing is a lazy fishing method, but it doesn’t necessarily catch worse than jigging. You let the lure sink to the bottom on a tightened line and keep the rod parallel to the water in a horizontal position and make 2-3 turns of the crank, the rod always stays horizontal and the lure is only guided by the reel. If the line slackens after the cranking, because the lure is in contact with the ground, you have to make another 2-3 turns of the crank and so on.
In classic jigging you also let the lure sink to the ground on a tight line and then pluck the lure with the rod just above the ground. Take up the rod with two to three plucks and then crank in slower (than when lazing around) with two turns of the crank. Afterwards you let the lure sink to the bottom again.
It’s important to always fish close to the bottom and it’s not a bad idea to let the bait drag over the bottom. There are exceptions to this rule, but in most cases it is recommended to present the lure close to the bottom with these two successful methods. Where the zander is in the water column during the day.
A small note: On pike it is often very successful to jig or simply catch the gummy fish in mid-water without having any ground contact.
Bite detection when fishing for zander and big perch
Bite detection when fishing for zander with gummy fish is not very easy, because zander simply suck in the gummy fish and in 90% of cases this happens in the sinking phase.
Bite detection when fishing with rubber fish is either via the rod tip, where you can feel the basic contact depending on the rod, or via the line at the point where the line enters the water. Does the line suddenly pull a little to the side or does the lure seem to reach the bottom very quickly? Set it straight away! You feel a little “tock” or trembling in the rod blank? Set it straight away! Simply set the lure at first and you will hardly miss any bites. The bite detection is also the most difficult thing about rubber fishing above the bottom. Also, the bites usually come in the sinking phase and not when cranking.
Where the zander is
You can read about this in this article>>, where the best fishing spots and hot spots for zander are described and where and when you can be successful in the river or lake.
Where perch are
The Hot Spot List>> is also helpful here. In general, perch like wood in the water, be it fallen trees or bridges. Perch are mainly found in mid-water or on the bottom, depending on the water body. Rarely also sometimes surfaces close to the predator. With the rubber fish we usually catch them close to the bottom of the water.