|Everybody knows that winter fishing is synonymous with vertical jigging for zander. Of course it’s a technique that can be used all year round; and vertical jigging with soft plastic lures can be one thrill after another in constant anticipation that the fish is taking the bait – or not! Suffice it to say that zander are not your average sort of fish. A most fussy eater, Herr Zander is wont to pick at his food, tag along half-heartedly or even brush past the lure at the bottom. To work the lure just above the bottom and pick up the slightest touch transferred by the line, you’ll need a blank with vibration, real good vibration.|
Vertical jigging for zander calls for a tip-top blank at a comfortable length of 1.8–2 m with a suitably sensitive action and graphite modulus. There’s no two ways about it, you need a blank that’s built for speed. We chose three blanks that set the standard for this specific technique, two of which are the popular Rainshadow IMMWS62MX and IMMWS68MXF. Rounding off our selection is the NFC MB 709 HM with its ability to work heavier lures in rising waters and its exceptional vibration. It can also hold its own during a fortuitous encounter with a passing catfish. All three blanks are made of high-modulus graphite to keep the angler fully apprised of what’s going on below and boast an extra-fast action to set the hook in a flash. They pick up the faintest vibration, as anyone who remembers their first bite with an IMMWS62MX or a 68MXF can readily attest.