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Category: Tactics

APA 007: How to pop up a dead bait

Thank you to Andrew Wordsworth for sending in this question. Andrew wants to know: What is the best way to pop up a half lamprey dead bait? Pike Angler A bait that is cast out in its natural (dead) state will settle on the lake or river bed....

APA 006: How to plumb the depth

Garry Tilley sent in this question to Ask Pike Angler: I know that this must be a basic question but when float fishing for pike, how do I plumb the depth? I want to ensure that I do not deep hook a pike! This a good question Garry...

APA 005: Dead baits for winter pike fishing

This question comes from William McArthur who asked: What kind of dead baits would you recommend for winter pike fishing? I’ve been trying lots of different baits that you don’t hear of people using and I’ve had some luck on gurnard tail. Thanks for the question William. Fishing...

APA 004: Five tips for bank fishing Chew Valley

This question comes from Darren Southern who wants to know how to fish Chew Valley Reservoir from the bank. Thanks for the question Darren. I have not fished Chew so I can’t give you any inside tips. The best way for me to answer your question is to...

APA 002: Big water, what depth?

This question was sent in by Lee Saunders. Lee asked: When fishing a new large water that, after plumbing, has no obvious top/underwater features, e.g reservoir/lake/loch what depth and distance would you start fishing at? Lee says that he will be fishing during October, November and December. He...

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...

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....

Twenty Pike Fishing Tips

Forums are a great way of discussing pike fishing, building new friendships and meeting fellow anglers. Everyone benefits from sharing hints and tips. The Nightwatchman, AKA Gordon from Hull, recognised this and started a thread to catch some of the ideas being shared around. The following twenty hints...