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APA012: Canal Pike Fishing

Canal pike fishing is the subject of this question from Mark Brady. I was chatting to fella in a fishing tackle shop who said I should find out what depth the pike are swimming at in a canal. How can I find this out while fishing?Mark Brady Thank...

APA011: Pike holding feature on a river

Here is another reader question in the Ask PikeAngler series. What is the first pike holding feature that I should be looking for on a river?Chris Belshaw This is a really good question because we all have to decide where the first cast will go when we target...

Fishin Addict Lures

Chris Howell from Fishin Addict contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to try some of their lures in return for a review. Naturally I agreed and a day later a package arrived. The first thing to say is that delivery was very prompt. The lures were...

APA 010: Pike rigs for Chew Valley

Welcome to another Ask PikeAngler. Dan sent in this question about pike rigs… I’ve got the chance to fish at chew valley for pike and I wondered what rigs would you suggest. Kind regards, Dan. Hi Dan, thanks for the question. My advice is to stick to the...

APA 009: A PIKE fishing book for beginners

Mike sent this question to Ask PikeAngler. Would you kindly recommend a book on pike fishing for absolute beginners which gives good illustrations and easily understood details. Something to give a novice confidence to start pike fishing. Regards Mike I am always delighted to hear of someone willing...

APA 008: Buying my first pike rod and reel

Alan Hobson sent this question to me on facebook: What advice can you give me on buying my first rod and reel? I will be fishing mainly rivers using paternostered dead baits. I visited Walkers of Trowell and viewed a 2.75 lb test curve, 12ft Fox Royale Predator...

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...