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Category: Getting Started

So you want to be a Pike Angler. This is the place where you can learn how to get started.

APA020: Where Can I Go Fishing?

If you landed on these shores from Australia would you know where you could go lure fishing for pike and perch and what is required? This is the scenario Blake finds himself in. Here is his question… Hey mate, I’m an Aussie living in west London and I’m...

How to set up a Float Ledger Rig

The float ledger is one of the most popular ways of fishing for pike. The method is usually associated with fishing a static deadbait on the lake or river bed. We have had a look at the 10 Essential Items of Tackle in a Float Ledger Rig for...

How I work a Swimbait by Andy MacFarlane

Shads are my favourite deep-water piking lures. In Winter, small shads and swimbaits around the 4″ mark are my first line of attack. They will also work at other times of the year when the pike are lying up, staying low, avoiding bright sunshine or basically just having...

When is the pike fishing season?

Traditionalists suggest that the season for targeting pike (Esox Lucius) opens on the 1st October with the close coinciding with the close of the fishing season, and particularly the rivers, drains and large glacial lakes, on the 14th March. Despite this, pike anglers are free to pursue their...

Essential Pike Dead Baits

Pike eat fish. A dead fish, better known in pike angling as a “Dead bait” is probably the most common form of pike bait in use in the UK. This apex predator will usually exert energy in a sudden explosive burst in order to snatch a meal. What,...

How to Unhook a Pike by Andy MacFarlane

I’ll assume you are right-handed, in which case I’ll describe unhooking as I go about it. You’ll find most Pikers carry this out whilst in a kneeling position. Lay the fish on its left flank, head pointing towards your right hand. You may want to straddle the fish....

Essential Unhooking Gear for Pike Fishing

Specimen Landing Net The first item you will need for unhooking a pike is a suitable landing net. After all, you have to get the pike out of the water and onto the bank. Or do you? Pike anglers who are experienced in holding and unhooking pike might...

Essential Terminal Tackle for Pike Fishing

Treble Hooks Trebles have been used to catch pike for many years and remain the most commonly used hook in pike fishing. A typical pike trace will be 18 inches long with two treble hooks mounted 3-5 inches apart. Treble Hooks are available as either fully-barbed, semi-barbed, or...

My First Golden Rule of Pike Fishing

For some anglers pike fishing is just one more branch of angling that can be picked up when the mood, or time of year, dictates. It is then dropped again in favour of another species. For others it has developed into a relationship that requires serious love and...