There’s little to beat landing a pristine pike in the swirling mist of an early-morning session, and now that we’re in the midst of the time for the species, why don’t you cash in and start pike fishing?
Starting piking is easier than you think, and for a minimal outlay on bait and terminal tackle, plus a rod and reel borrowed from carp fishing, you’ll have all you need for a day’s battle with this most ferocious of UK fish.
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To begin with, you need to track down the fish. Great running-water hotspots are town centres, where prey fish like roach gather for the winter. While in deep lakes or lochs, where silvers will shoal up, these are great spots to fish for pike, but don’t ignore shallower swims on mild days.
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If a more static approach is needed, dead baits can score heavily. It’s more of a sit-and-wait job but catches bigger fish. The same lines and deadbait traces will do, so you can get away with using just the one spinning reel, but you’ll need a more powerful deadbait rod for casting.
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On shallow waters, a slim pike float with the bait fished a little over depth offers maximum sensitivity, while for more substantial, deeper lakes a simple running leger using lead weights from 1oz to 3oz will do nicely.
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