Trophy Pike Techniques
Northern pike, with their tooth filled grin and aggressive attitude, have earned the title of freshwater wolves. They are typically ambush predators, and attack their prey with intense ferocity. It is this ravenous attitude that appeals to anglers. Below is a list of the top fishing techniques used to catch trophy northern pike.
The most popular technique for catching pike is trolling. It allows you to quickly cover a lot of water. This is due to both the boat being in constant motion, and the ability to use more than one rod at a time (check local regulations for the rod limit in your area). Try trolling along weed lines that are adjacent to shallow water.
Trolling works particularly well during the middle of the day when pike are not actively feeding. After feeding in shallow water in the morning, large pike with hunker down in deeper weed beds. During this time of the day, try trolling over deep weed flats. Look for weeds that are close to shallow water feeding areas.
One unique trolling technique that works well for pike is to troll in the prop wash of your boat. This is a popular technique for muskies, but it also works well for large pike. It is assumed that the prop wash disorients baitfish, which attracts the attention of pike and muskies.
Popular trolling lure choices include large spoons, long slender lures, and large bucktail inline spinners.
Topwater is often considered the most thrilling method of fishing, and that experience is heightened even further when targeting trophy pike. These daring fish will often follow a topwater lure right up to your boat. Keeping this in mind, always check the water around your lure before lifting it up for the next cast. Often, pike will strike a lure right next to your boat.
Popular lures include poppers, grass frogs, spooks and inline buzzbaits. With the exception of buzzbiats, leave long pauses during your retrieve. Pike will often look at a lure for a while before striking. Try waiting for up to 30 seconds at least once during each retrieve. It is not uncommon for a pike to strike while an angler is busy untangling a birds nest from their line.
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