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What is your main baits for Pike?? I haven't caught one in quite some time and am wondering what yall mainly use in order to catch them? I was getting a few earlier this year with the Baby Brush Hog.
 

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To be honest, I dont wanna catch any of them things lol
However, last year while on Lake Panasoffkee ( December I believe ) I was catching the heck out of them with a ' X - RAP '

I couldnt get a bass to hit it, but them ' Jacks ' would crush it.

I landed 3 bass in that tournament, but when I wanted some excitement ( slow day for bass ), I would throw it and it seemed 8 times out of 10 I'd get a ' Jack ' .
 

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Ya knwo what other lure the "jacks" LOVE to tear up... Lucky Craft's Live Pointer... but thats wayyy to expensive of a bait to have "jacks" ruin. You can barely toss a live pointer in some of the waters around me without having a 'jack' nail it.
 

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Ahh pike.. the carp of the esox world. I try to avoid them as much as possible.

They hit spinnerbaits and jerkbaits for me. Doesnt matter what type, size or color, they'll eat it. Present a fluke or Slug-Go properly, they'll eat it too. They will hit surface baits in the evening.

Annoying little SOB's.

Their cousin, Mr. Musky - now there's a fish worth chasing. :)

Buddy of mine got this big pike while walleye fishing on the famous Lake Nipissing last weekend.

 

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Man Id love to catch that fish! Ive never caught a big pike and never even had a musky sniff a bait of mine. As a kid my dream use to be to catch a huge musky. I still would love to do that but sadly there are none down here in Dixie. :sad01:
 

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Take a trip up to Canada Jared! It's not that expensive, c'mon. ;D

I am starting to make the transition into being a musky fisherman. I think next spring I will move back to the kawarthas and chase them for the entire season. Bass just don't cut it anymore.
 

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Big Bass Rich said:
Take a trip up to Canada Jared! It's not that expensive, c'mon.  ;D

If this new job of mine pans out well, I just may do that. :cheers:
 

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Pike are a lot of fun, catch 1 over 10 lbs & hang on. The onlyest problem I have with them is they seem to bite best when I'm fishing for Bass. Go figure. :dunno: :dunno:
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The only problem I have with them is they seem to bite best when I'm fishing for Bass

Your right about that. I caught my PB on April 1st on a Zoom Fluke and my guess is it weigh around 4 to 5 pounds. Thats pretty big for East Texas pond fishing.
 
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Here is a good 4-5lb Pickerel for ya.



These dudes cost me more money in lost lures then anything else haha. Well, they used to. I got smart on them busters. I found that using braid with super glue on my line right above the hook about 2 inches forms a nice hard barrier that the Pickerel can't cut. Without this they will cut braid like a gar.

But Bobby these guys will attack any crankbait you got. They also love spinnerbaits. But I would say a rattle trap is about what I found triggers them better then anything else. A good day fishing for me means none of these guys :)
 
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They do love spinnerbaits. But down here I have noticed that they hit Zoom Baby Brush Hogs the best. Don't know why but you can always count on catching no less than 5 on the brush hogs.
 

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# 1 Johnson sliver minnow tipped w/ black or white twister tail
# 2 Slip bobber, dead sucker drifted on the bottom
# 3 Topwater slider bait for early mornings
# 4 10" black worm floating rigged
I'll stop there, my list is way to long .
TOOTHY CRITTERS , THE ONLY WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!
 

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Spring pike are moving into shallow mud bottom bays and stage anywhere a river flows into a lake. Suckers are there main prey fish this time of year, so use whatever looks like a sucker. Big flashy crocodile spoons and jerk baits like Bomber silver/black back 7" long A etc. An in line musky type spinners in white/yellow/orange combination will always trigger a big pike. You need to be aggressive and rip the long A like a Suick, just cast and retrieve the spoons and spinners.
Tom
Ps; soft plastic swim baits are a great lure if the pike didn't destroy them so easily.
 

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I finally got to go pike fishing when I went up to Vermont with the girlfriend to her folks' place for Independence Day. I found that a pike will snap 10# mono (WTF was I THINKING!) and 17# fluorocarbon like a twig. I lost a senko knockoff in the first hour when I saw something that looked like a baby gator head snap my line near the shore. I tied on a 1/4 Blue Fox strobe spoon and caught him. I lost what felt like a good one on a 1 Mepps Agalia. I couldn't get them to bite on a rod with a steel leader. The next day I had a pike hit a BPS creature bait but not bite and lost a 4 pounder 10 feet from sure on a red Diamond Shad. 19 hours of fishing targeting pike and I only lost two lures. Not bad. Also caught nine smallies so that was fun.

Jay
 

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Hey folks if ya want to catch Pike now is the time. Just come to WI and fish the Mississippi Use a 5 of Diamonds or a red and white Dare Devil and slow roll it give, a twitch and pause every now and then and get ready for the tug then set the hook and hang on. We caught over 15 of em Sat. using this method and finally quit due to tired arms. Lou
 

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You don't have to go all the way to Canada for muskie fishing eh. NE Indiana has some premier muskie fishing.
 

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Jared Pease said:
Man Id love to catch that fish! Ive never caught a big pike and never even had a musky sniff a bait of mine. As a kid my dream use to be to catch a huge musky. I still would love to do that but sadly there are none down here in Dixie. :sad01:
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Ahhh Jared but there are big Musky in Dixie TN has several rivers and lakes with Musky in them Im in Chattanooga, TN .. a short drive up to Crossville, TN will get you on a small river full of them, Also Caney River near Doyle, TN not far from Crossville, and then up in the Knoxville and Tri-Cities area has them as well.. West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia have them too ..
So you dont have to drive to Canada to get them you just have to do the research to find them ..
 

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Last week while fishing shiners over in Rodman my oldest stepson landed a 28 in 5.5 lb Pickerel. We admired the fish then released it. I got home and decided to see if he could have gotten a Big Catch certificate from FWC. The camera was on the fritz so we did not get pics. Anyway I was surprised to see that the certified state record is not much more than that. While there was an uncertified 8 lb'er.
We went back the next day just my wife and me to see if we could repeat the Bass catches we made that same day to find we could not. Must have been that we had a camera this time. lol Anyway we caught no bass but 6 of these Pickerels and two went over 4 lbs.
I am sure there is a state record swimming in Rodman.
 
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