You can catch Pike throughout the year with lures, but October is a pivotal point. With the water temperatures falling to more conducive conditions for pike, it's time to focus on deadbaiting.
Live bait and lure fishing are effective methods, but for some top anglers, deadbaiting is the number one tactic on many venues when October rolls in. A well-presented, fresh, deadbait has as much chance of catching a big pike as a live fish. Deadbaits are also more convenient to use than live fish.
The strange thing, to which many top pike anglers will attest, is that smaller deadbaits appear to be much more effective than larger ones, especially for bigger pike.
The assumption is that pike are able to pick up these smaller baits more easily, and that in actual fact, within reason, pike are just as likely to find a small bait as they are a larger one. There are many venues where the pike have been caught before, so naturally, they will start to shy away from larger baits.
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A simple way that you can increase your pike catches, especially at this time of the year when a lot of venues still contain quite a bit of weed, is to use a buoyant bait that is popped up off the bottom.
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If the lakebed is clear of weed, though, it's better to have the bait just standing on its tail. This still makes it highly visible but keeps it closer to the depth where most pike hunt, which tends to be no more than a foot or two off the bottom.
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Deadbaits aren’t cheap, but when the time is limited on the bank, and you are looking to catch as many fish as possible it makes no sense to fish with the same baits all day. It's recommended that you change baits at least once an hour, more often if you are regularly recasting, as baits have the most appeal when they are fresh, and straight from the packet.
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