Pike fishing tips for beginners and Pike anglers alike. We will be updating this section regularly and are always interested in visitors tips!
Keep fingers clear- When you have caught a Pike do not to put your fingers in the mouth at anytime, always use forceps. There jaws were designed to catch a kill prey and can easily cut your fingers to pieces. If you have never fished for pike before, then it’s a good idea to go with someone who has experience unhooking them and can show you how.
Another idea is to use a single treble hook, then you only have to take out one hook. When you get more confident at handling and unhooking pike, start using two hooks. The last thing you want is to loose a few fingers!
Locating Pike- Pike can often be found lying around in cover very near the bank, and in clear water can sometimes be seen by quietly creeping along.
Look out for shoals of fish scattering across the surface, this usually means that there is a Pike or Perch chasing them.
When you are looking for a pike swim it is better to ask locals or at your local tackle shop before you go where the best places are to find them. If not then find a feature on the water. Examples include: tree’s in the water, weed beds, slack water on rivers, at the point where two rivers join, backwaters near waterfalls, under mooring platforms, under boats and in slack water in floods.
It’s also worth asking other anglers when you arrive if they have seen any pike since they arrived can be a good help, they may be fishing for other fish and are getting pestered by pike so they may point you in to the swim next to them.
Lifting the net- When lifting a sizable Pike up the bank tip the net so that the handle is pointing up in the air and grab the top of the net. This protects the fish, is easier to lift up and also puts less strain on the landing net handle. When getting your forceps leave the pike wrapped in the net until you are ready to unhook it. This will calm the fish down and stop it from flapping around on the bank.
Enhance Flavouring- You can buy flavourings from your local tackle shop. These flavourings are injected into the bait using a bait syringe. But be careful when using the syringe, although safer than normal syringes they are still sharp and can do damage. Flavoured baits can work really well especially in coloured and hard fished waters.
Twitch the bait- When the temperature drops rapidly it pays to give the bait a twitch every now and then. This could trigger the pike to take the bait or investigate. It is also a way of warming up those frozen fingers!
Stay close- When you have your rods cast out and everything is ready for action don’t get tempted to stray far from your rods. This may result in deep hooking, the fish swimming into a snag, loss of fish or the rods being dragged into the water. When pike go they really do go and you need to be by your rods when they do.
Casting frozen- When casting at distance frozen baits stay on the trace allot better and can be cast at greater distances. A cool box to keep the bait frozen is a great benefit. Bait elastic will also help secure the bait to your rig.
Dye your bait- Cover your dead baits in food colouring and refreeze to soak up the dye. This leaves you with a choice of colours to fish with which can sometimes make a difference in hard fished waters.
Groundbaiting- Groundbaiting can work well because it attracts small fish which the pike are after. Another idea to target just the pike involves a tin of tuna and molehill mud. Mix the two together and you have balls of smelly fishy attractor.