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Zander floats: Fishing for zander with CORMORAN zander floats

Jouke Jansma

Due to the frequent use of lures many anglers forget a real alternative: the dead bait fish. Especially fishing with the zander float can be very successful – if using the right technique. The active presentation of a small, dead bait fish by float is a remarkably successful technique.

I developed two of such zander floats in cooperation with CORMORAN, which enable presenting a dead bait fish very tempting. With some exercise every zander angler can apply this technique successfully. Furthermore it`s possible to make use of this kind of fishing for zander from the boat as well as from the bank – both works.

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Jouke Jansma with gorgeous zander

Fishing with the float is an excellent technique for precisely presenting a dead bait fish in front of the zanders mouth. Furthermore it`s a thrilling kind of fishing. What can be more wonderful than observing a beautiful, slim float rising to the water`s surface and then – after some convulsions – sinking slowly to the depth? We have developed two special zander floats for this technique. They feature an external line tubing, two bodys and an oval antenna. The buoyancy is about 4g and 5g – depending on wind and current. The central float is much bigger than the second one, which is placed at the long antenna some centimeters above. The float should be loaded in a way, which keeps only the antenna visible. Ideally, the float should be moved slowly after the cast by a short lift of the rod tip. Thus the float is rising up to the big central body and then sinking down again until the antenna is brushing the water when the rod tip is lowered. It is very successful to make some stops while retrieving – thus a following zander is getting the chance to attack the bait fish. A small stint is an excellent bait, but also a bleak, a small roach or a little bass are perfectly suitable. You will get the most bites during the float sinking down again slowly. The next time you raise the rod’s tip, the float is remaining in the depth – an evidence for the zander having caught your bait. Afterwards the float often rises angular to sink slowly to the depth soon after. The most important benefit of this technique is, that you are able to scan a large area and to get a good idea of the ground’s relief. Sometimes it only needs a little floor unevenness to gather several zander.

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A zander attacks the dead bait fish

I prefer split shots to load the float. Only the float’s upper range with the antenna is allowed to soar out of the water. The lowest split shot is placed 25cm in front of the bait, the others in between at an interval of some centimeters. Thus the zander, which is tempting too swallow the bait, only has to bear a part of the whole weight. For efficient casts you should place the biggest split shot next to the float and the smallest at the end of the line Thus the montage is stretching itself during the cast, especially if you stop the cast just before the montage reaches the water’s surface The CGS zander hook 5505N is perfectly suitable – either as snelled hook or as loose hook which is tied directly to the main line. As mainline I use a BLACK BULL monofilament line with a diameter of ø 0.16mm to ø 0.20mm which combines many great attributes for fishing for zander. Rods with a length of 2.70m are ideal for usage on a boat as well as from the bank (on the boat also 2.40m). If you are only fishing at the bank also 3.60m are a possibility. The rod should be relatively soft to be able to cast the bait fish often and over a great distance – but also with a powerful backbone to set the hook.

Especially if it’s difficult to finesse zanders, an attractively presented, fresh dead bait fish can be the right formula to activate them. This fishing technique isn’t very difficult and can be learned easily. Getting more exercise you will make use of this technique more and more often. It’s not only a very successful technique – it’s also great fun.

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