Tricky to catch on a regular basis due to the level of control needed to spool and steer the line while negotiating the lure through sediment, the zander haunts the dreams of many an angler. Fishing for zander from a lake or river is harder by factors such as weather, water level and flow, which are more relevant than with fishing from a boat due to the tight spaces involved. Add to this, the zander’s unpredictable bite ranging from a ferocious crunch to a soft kiss.
In these conditions choosing the right blank is even more important than usual. It must give you room to cast with extreme accuracy and responsiveness and let you pick up the slightest contact with the bottom and the faintest nibble from the fish. A fast or extra-fast 7–8 ft blank with excellent vibration perfectly fits our requirements. Vertical jigging often entails bottom bouncing, so we selected three Rainshadow blanks with sublime vibration.