Top tips for Pike fishing
In this post, I will go through my top Pike fishing tips and tricks. A lot of dedicated lure Anglers will fish all through the winter months for the Pike. One of the best Pike fishing tips for winter lure fishing is too slow your retrieve right down. In general, the Fish are more lethargic when its cold and don’t want to use up all their energy chasing prey around. So keep the retrieve nice and slow with plenty of pauses.
When buying your lures, If, you end up with a favourite one it’s well worth buying it in several colours. As a general rule, in murky water, or overcast days it is advisable to use a nice bright pattern such as a ‘Firetiger’. Whereas if its clear water and/or a bright day, get a natural pattern on your line, the Pike shouldn’t have any problems seeing it.
Whilst casting, cover as much water as possible. It’s not a bad idea to work your rod in a fan shape. From left to right or vice versa. Once you have covered all the water in front of you, then move on and keep repeating until you find the Fish.
Invest in some surface lures
If you lure fish in the slightly warmer months it is always worth investing in some surface lures. This is the time you can start experimenting with imitation Ducks, Mice, Bats, and other weird and wonderful surface lures.
When you’re out on the bank, as with all predator fishing, never ignore the margins. A lot of the time Pike will be waiting to ambush in the undergrowth. Every time I move swims I do my first cast in the nearside margin, in case I end up spooking any Fish underfoot.
As with all lure fishing, it will always boost your chances of finding the Pike if you can locate the Baitfish. Look out for signs such as Fish topping. Cormorants, Grebes, Kingfishers, and Heron all feed on Baitfish, so it’s worth keeping an eye on where they are feeding.
Dont be lazy with the retrieve
Whilst retrieving your lure it is worth always imagining a Pike is following it. It’s all too easy to get a bit lazy and just reel it straight in. Jig it about a bit, try to entice the Pike to strike. The more you mimic a dying fish the better.
Most Anglers firmly believe that the best times for chucking your lure is around dawn and dusk. If you can, don’t ignore these times of the day.
I personally don’t like having trebles full of barbs. It can end up a messy affair, especially in the landing net. To overcome this, crush your barbs or swop for barbless or semi barbless hooks. It is also worth buying a rubberised landing net.
Always use a trace
It goes without saying that Pike have got large sharp teeth. For that reason when piking always make sure you are using a wire trace.
Don’t just chuck your lure out, think about the retrieve, a good tip is to use your lure in shallow water, and study how it moves under different speeds and retrieves.
In the Summer retrieve your lures shallow & get deeper if you get no takes. In winter retrieve deep & get shallower if no takes. This is because generally in the warmer months the fish tend to hang around in the shallower warmer water. In the winter the shallows are colder so the fish tend to head for the deeper holes.
Fish at different depths
Always fish at different depths and with different retrieves before moving on from a swim. This way it is possible to cover a lot more water. One day the fish could be on the bottom, the next day they could be mid water, so you need to cover all angles to enhance your chance of catching.
In the colder months, suspended lures with rattles can work well. Because you want to do a slow retrieve the lure isn’t going to sink straight to the bottom. The rattle will send off a few vibrations hopefully fooling the Pike into thinking it’s an injured fish.
Big is sometimes better
Again in the cold Winter months, a lot of Anglers believe that the bigger the lure the better. There are two reasons for this. One is that Pike are very territorial and will see the lure as a threat and will attack it. The second reason is that in the colder months the Pike is preserving energy. Basically meaning the fish isn’t going to risk using up a lot of energy going after a small meal. The bigger the prey the more energy the Pike can take in.
Learn the limitations of your lures and when you have them sussed, use the right Lure in the right situations and you will not go far wrong. Youtube has a great selection of lure fishing tutorials. Click here to browse videos. I hope these tips will put more Pike on the bank for you… Stu.