Increase your skills and catch rate when fishing for pike

With seasonal changes, pike will relocate to either follow bait fish or seek more ambient water temperatures. Our aim, as anglers, is to keep track of their movements.

With seasonal changes, pike will relocate to either follow bait fish or seek more ambient water temperatures.  Our aim, as anglers, is to keep track of their movements. The recent social lockdown meant leaving waters in late winter and as we are now returning in early summer, the first session back is always about searching and seeking.

This approach features three simple steps:

Step 1.  Search all levels of the water!  The 23cm Goby Shad- mounted on a 10g corkscrew- fishes effectively on the drop.  By employing a sink and draw retrieve, this lure takes the opportunity to work through the water levels.  For extra attraction, try adding one of our stainless-steel rattles into the tail section.

Step 2.  Fanning the casts out strategically from left to the right ensures efficient coverage of the swim.  Employ a tactical approach by paying attention to fish holding features such as reed beds, sunken structures and mooder boats - these are all ideal ambush points.

Step 3.  Time management is vital in maximising results- 10 minutes per swim unless there are signs of fish in the area- keep mobile, travel light and seek out new water to investigate.

Applying these three steps to your own angling will help gain confidence an in turn, increase both your skills and your catch rate.

Freddie Irvine


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