David Warren (the lunchtime fisherman) is an experienced dedicated fisherman. Mainly fishing his local canal armed with his favourite Realistic Shad lures, if anyone knows how to catch Zander it’s this man. He regularly outsmarts the Zander as well as Perch and Pike. He aims to get out after them every lunchtime at work and is usually quite successful. Here is a list of his top tips for how to catch Zander.


Top ten tips for catching the Zander


(are there any Zeds home?) If the Zander is not there, you will not catch it however hard you try. Look out for features such as moored up boats, overhanging trees, and bridges. These are all places that may well hold fish.

 The right rod

Does your rod have the backbone to set the hook in a Zeds boney mouth? With the elusive Zander sometimes you have to give a strike with a bit of meaning to set the hook. Just make sure you have a rod that can manage this.

 Use the sharpest hooks you can find

It sounds obvious, but because of their boney mouths, you really do want to use the sharpest hooks you can get your hands on. Let’s face it, you don’t want the ‘big un’ coming off due to a blunt hook.

 Strike hard at every tap

Zeds sometimes take delicately and won’t let go if you’re retrieving slowly, so give it a good little strike at every tap just in case.

Cover as much water as you can

With most predator fishing it pays to cover as much water as possible, but be thorough. I often spend half an hour at a time in a spot if I’m confident Zeds are about. The Zeds are also quite partial to being in the margins so it’s always worth a cast.

Use the right Jighead

Use a jighead to match the depth, flow of water (if any) and wind. The weight of jighead also massively effects the action of the lure. If the fish are more aggressive/assertive they may prefer a more erratic retrieve which can be achieved with a heavier jighead.

Nice slow retrieve

Use a steady retrieve with lots of long pauses, drag slowly along the bottom, raise sharply and let the action of the lure and jighead impart movement on the drop, but keep in touch with the lure!!

A pic of the Zander

A nice size Zed.

Big means bigger

Bigger lures mean bigger fish…. not always!! But often! Match the lure to the size of Zeds you believe to be in the swim. But if the bigger lure isn’t producing try something smaller.

Don’t give up too soon

If you’re lucky enough to catch One Zed then there’s usually more very close by so keep going, Cast all around the area for a few minutes just to make sure their big brother isn’t close by.

Ask around

Speak to others, learn from others and don’t be afraid to try something different!

Other good Zander lures.

I have listed below some other good Zander lures available on the internet today. If your lucky enough to live near a venue that holds these stunning fish then give them a go. You never know you might just hook into the monster you was after….Tight lines.


Categories: Tips and advice


Tim · May 16, 2017 at 7:45 pm

Top tips there! Another to remember is they don’t like light so tend to prefer deeper water !

    Stuart Bowler · May 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    That is a good point Tim, I will add that to my next top tips, which lure would you favour when fishing for Zander?

      Tim · May 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Recently I’ve done best on ecogear powershad lures 4″ 010(glow) but my pb is on a kopyto relax shad in white

Dave · May 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

I’ve actually had my best Zander sessions in full sunlight and even in the margins in shallower water. It’s not a time I’d choose to target Zeds but it certainly should not be ruled out either.

Zack · June 5, 2017 at 2:01 pm

That is an awesome way to spend a lunch break! It would be great to see the top 5 lures that he or you use. And what situation is best for those lures. Have you used these tips for your fishing trips? How have they contributed to your ability to catch Zeds?

    Stuart Bowler · June 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Zack, I will pass on your idea and find out what his top five favourite lures are, I quite often use some of those tips whilst fishing, they will certainly enhance your chance of catching on the day…Stu.

Karl · September 7, 2017 at 5:50 am

I’ve never fished for Zander. Only Small and Large Mouth Bass, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Crappie, Blue Gill, Perch, and Cat Fish. Now that I know how to fish for zander, where can I find them. They look like mid-bottom dwellers by the shape of their mouth and if you’re using a jig, well they don’t float. lol. What region of the country are they in? Now you’ve done given me the fishn’ itch!

    Stuart Bowler · September 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hi Karl, i’m from England and we now have them up and down the Country. If you are from the U.S then you have the very close relative called the Walleye, which is basically a Zander.

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