Pike fishing is a lot of fun, and catching one of those huge predators is as thrilling as it can get. To land your trophy pike successfully, you will need both a robust and a big enough landing net.
Favorable weather conditions for pike include a low-pressure system with moderate temperatures, overcast skies, and southern or southwestern winds. Rain does however have a somewhat more negative effect on the pike’s appetite and should hence be avoided.
Both braid and monofilament are great choices when it comes to picking your mainline for pike fishing. Braid is the perfect pick when spin fishing or fishing with dead baits, while mono is your number one choice for live bait fishing and trolling for pike.
Northern pike grow to a much bigger size than pickerel. Checking body coloration, as well as dot and bar patterns, are other reliable ways of identifying these two species, as pickerel have a chain-like pattern on its sides, while pike have plenty of short, light bar-like spots all over its flanks.
In order to show you just how easy it can be to rig the sunken float, I decided to write this illustrative step-by-step guide. It includes both simple explanations, images, and tackle recommendations.
As it turns out, it is really possible to catch pike with hot dogs as bait, as many anglers have managed to catch plenty of fish on them, both on the ice and in open water. Most commonly, they are fished using tip-ups through the ice and slip bobber rigs during the rest of the year.