Zander leader: The best leader for zander fishing
Zander spend most of their time at the bottom of a body of water and from there they look slightly upwards for prey. As this is a very cautious predator, it is important to use a leader that is as unobtrusive as possible, especially in clear water. But which is the right choice?
Finding the right leader
First and foremost the question of length and diameter of the leader arises. Ready-bound zander leaders are available in lengths from 50 – 120 cm. If there are also pike in the water, the length should be around 60 – 80 cm to prevent a pike from rolling into the leader and to avoid the pike inhaling the bait.
The diameter of the leader should also be chosen to match the water. The thicker the leader, the more water resistance it offers. In strong currents you should therefore use a slightly thinner leader to ensure basic contact. In clearer lakes it must be assumed that a thicker leader will lead to a very slow sink rate.
Finally, the all important question is the material. There are various possibilities here.
In clear waters, where pike bites are not to be expected, the zander angler ideally reaches for Fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon leaders are the lines least visible to the fish and are therefore perfect for outwitting zander. The low stretch of this material is also an advantage. Monofilament leaders are not recommended for zander fishing, as they usually have a little more stretch and the hook cannot always be set correctly.
If pike are expected, Fluorocarbon should not be used, as it cannot withstand the razor-sharp teeth. In this case the only right choice is a steel leader – of course in the appropriate length.
Without a leader
Again and again we come across anglers who swear by fishing without a leader. Here, the presence of only one single knot eliminates additional weak points. The disadvantage of fishing without a leader is that firstly the whole line has to be fished with the strength of the leader and secondly, if the line breaks, it won’t break on the thinner leader, but somewhere and then in the water it can get one or the other fish into trouble.
The connection of the leader with the main line
There are three possibilities for the zander angler. On the one hand a classic swivel can be used to catch the twist of the leader. On the other hand the leader can be tied directly to the main line. The Albright knot is best suited for this, as it guarantees a high load capacity and is inconspicuous. If knotting seems too tedious, the third solution is to use knotless connectors. However, in contrast to the Albright knot, such a knot can bump against the rod rings when pulling it in.
Conclusion: in order to find the ideal leader for zander fishing, first and foremost the conditions of the water must be considered. Depending on the current, turbidity and other predators present, correct dimensions and materials can be selected.