Whenever you plan to do a bit of pike fishing, this mantra will keep you in good stead: "keep it simple." Yes, you heard it right. The biggest challenge is locating big pike so don't complicate things even further.
In terms of pike fishing tackle, start with a 12ft pike rod and a big pit reel loaded with 60lb braid. In terms of bait, 'live baiting' is effective, but put that aside for the moment. A simple running, resistance-free leger covers a lot of situations, but never freeline a bait because bite indication is just not quick enough.
|Stillwater BPX Compact Big Pit Reel|
|CJT Loaded Pike Float|
|Delkim EV Plus|
|Daiwa Black Widow Deadbait Rod|
|Pike Drifter Float|
|Fox Compact Unhooking Mat|
- Believe it or not, the best colour for a drifter float, for 90 per cent of the time, is black.
- With livebaits always use an uptrace to avoid line bites. Using 40lb seven-strand wire is very effective.
- Always use strong tackle and fishing line- 60lb braid or 18lb monofilament at a minimum. Use good quality swivels and links.
- Stay mobile, especially if you are fishing rivers. This means leaving the fishing chair at home, so if you need to sit down, use your unhooking mat.
- The prime times of the day for catching pike are dawn and dusk. This is especially true on a cold, clear day.
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