You have to concentrate totally on every cast. A really skillful pike angler never let go a chance to hook a pike . Learn how to know exactly what happens to your bait every moment during the entire retrieving. You have to feel the difference between a very light strike and a little touche against rocks or weeds. I always treat everything as strikes until I know what it is. All bushes, rocks and even pike gets a hard and lightning fast counter strike.
2. Use a stiff rod and a baitcast reel
A 8-10` long stiff two-handed rod is an excellent instrument to pike fishing. One of my fishing friends, a real fishing-pro, is very carefully with his pike fishing gear. He uses 0,35mm, 50Lbs Power Pro spectra line instead of 0,5-0,6mm monofilament nylon line to his large and heavy wobblers. “Fishing with a nylon line is like fishing with a rubber band” he says. He has a 10″ (3,1m) long kevlar reinforced SPORTEX rod. In the beginning it was 13 ” (3,6m), but he made it shorter to make it extras stiff, suiting his giant wobblers. During the entire retrieving he always has his thumb lightly against the spool on his ambassadeaur 6500 CS Rocket reel. With his thumb he feels every strike. It has no significance how light the strike is. It passes through the line even from the bait to the thumb. A soft rod works like a shock absorber, it absorbs the feeling of the strike. It`s therefore very important to choose the right type of rod, reel and line for pike fishing.
3.Make a hard and lightning fast counter strike!
Its cruical to be awake when a pike attacks. Watch the line during the entire retrieving. Pike attacks mostly from behind. When the strike comes, the line will slackened. NOW! In this moment the counter strike has to be done. In the next moment it can be too late. Pike notice immediately its failure, stops, and tries to spit out the unwanted object. Large pike are faster than small ones to spit out the bait. They also take the bait more gently. If it is a big pike, make several counter strikes ! With the first one the hooks often is lightly fastened. with the second one the hooks pulls deeper into the hard pike mouth. Now the pike is attached, and it`s time to lighten the drag and work the pike in. Do not try to press a large pike into the shore or boat without working her well on distance. To put hard pressure on a fully grown pike is the biggest mistake you can do. She is so strong that she easily straighten out your hooks, tear off the line or break the rod. Give her a mild but firm pressure during the whole drilling. Well tired she is easy to get into the boat with a neck grip, large landing net or a gaff – neck grip for the smallest, landing net for the bigger and gaff for the monster pike.