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 and tips on pike fishing were posted and I am delighted to share them with you here.
- Use any left over bait from your fishing trips to make chum. Chop up and freeze for next time then mix with groundbait.
- Blast frozen Sardines are cheaper at supermarkets like Sainsburys (£2 for a bag) and are found in the freezer section.
- When reeling in your deadbait to recast, don’t do this quickly. Sink and draw on the retrieve. You might get a take!
- Some baits can be refrozen and used time and time again. e.g. lamprey.
- To enhance your bait, pour ‘Predator Plus’ onto the bait and pop it in freezer. The additive will then be drawn into the bait.
- When deadbaiting for pike ALWAYS try and keep resistance to an absolute minimum; e.g. open bail arms & light clips.
- Try pushing an alka seltzer tablet down the throat of your deadbait before casting to create a visual attraction.
- Short sessions can be just as productive so have some tackle at the ready for spur of the moment trips.
- Always make up your landing net before your 1st cast, just in case you get an immediate run.
- Try ‘fox casting clips’ when casting heavy bait. They take the weight off your hooks and allow bait to be softly hooked.
- When long distance casting keep the length of line on the bomb link longer than the trace to prevent tangles.
- Don’t forget to stab a few small holes in a lamprey to get those juices flowing!
- Use paper clips as a weak link for connecting your leads.
- If you haven’t got the weight indicated on your leads, try using different coloured paper clips on a specific weight of lead, e.g: Red = 2.5oz blue = 3oz green = 3.5oz etc
- Buy some cheap velcro straps to hold your rods together. It stops them banging about in your quiver or holdall.
- Try unusual baits to gain the advantage. Foreign fish markets and pet stores are a good place to search.
- If you use carp rod holdalls, use an old 35mm camera cartridges with a split cut in lid to put your lead and swivel in so your rods are set up all the time.
- If you use textured weights then dip them in a Pike glug for added attraction.
- Take your frozen baits to the bank in an insulated cool bag and only defrost the ones you use. Save the rest to take home and use another day.
- Try not to recast baits too often as you will move the scent trail that Pike follow.
A big thank you to all of the forum members who contribute to a lively, friendly and informative forum; and to the Nightwatchman for organising this thread.