Although you would think this would stop people summer pike fishing, it don’t! So instead of winging about it let’s see what measures can be taken to prevent it. There are 2 main things in my eyes you can do that will certainly help the pike in the summer.
The Right Tackle: If you are going to target pike during the summer you need to minimise the the amount of energy the fish uses to do battle. One of the best ways of doing this is to use heavier tackle. A heavier rod and stronger line will certainly have a big impact on the fishes health. You will be able to bring the fish in a lot quicker than normal so the fish wont be so worn out and stressed.
The Time on the Bank: You should always try to limit the time a fish is out of water, but more so in the warmer months. Between unhooking and photos etc it’s not a bad idea to let the fish recover in the water, just make sure it is in an upright position. Get all your kit ready for a quick release such as scales, weighing sling, camera etc. The quicker it gets back in the water the less stressed it will become.