Pike fishing

Dennis Huskins

As some of you have noted, I recently got into Pike fishing. I think it was watching Ken Beam pull them in from the Passaic and Budd Lake that did it. Well I studied the topic and read 3 books on the subject. I got some take-a-way points to share:

1) They are the first freshwater fish to complete the spawn and start eating often before the ice is out.

2) They start off eating every dead fish they can find left over from the winter cold. So ice out and dead bottom bait work very well, often right near shore.

3) They stay in the shallow area till the water temperature hits about 65, and then they go deep along the deeper cooler weed beds.

4) In summer they will be near small springs that feed a Lake or near the flow into a large body of water where a cold brook enters.

5) The biggest pike get the best cold spots staked out and let the food come to them.

6) They are active eaters of the smaller Pike around and have no problems with it.

7) A great lure to use is still the old red devil type spoon, especially with a trailer fish, feathers, or a wiggle worm. Do it slow with wobble,but no flipping it on retrieve. A single hook works better and makes for a much easier release.

8) Get them back in the water as soon as possible and use wet hands protecting their slime coat. If possible hold them verticle in order not to damage the internal organs.

9) Near shore or boat, when bringing them in, leave line as long as your rod out to absorb some of the shock as they make 2-4 last ditch power runs.

10) Although Plugs, suspension lures, spinners, and paddle tail plastics all work. (Flash over dull)Sometimes they only go for live bait. Big bait gets big fish. 


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