Tips Deadbaiting For Pike
During the winter months Pike becomes one of the most sought after species of fish that Anglers will try and catch. There are a number of different techniques that can be used when it comes to trying to catch Pike, one such being Deadbaiting. At Taskers Angling we have put together some tips on how this can be done in an effective way.
Making sure you choose the correct place to pitch up is very important. Pike can be found in most waterways and in particular where baitfish are so look out for any signs of activity, if the small fish are there then the Pike will not be too far behind! If this fails snaggy waters are a good place to go and areas where the water is deep as Pike will often wait there for its pray to come.
This does give way for float fishing to be an effective method as well as it is a mobile way of fishing and allows for you to search out large areas of water in a short amount of time.
Like the majority of Coarse Fish Pike do not like bright colours so try and go on a day where it is darker. Lower light levels mean that they are able to hunt their pray easier which means going night fishing
could prove beneficial. They do tend to feed when it is bitterly cold but a warm ripple on the water will also still give you a good chance of landing a catch.
Because Pike are a powerful fish and can grow too huge sizes it is important that your tackle is at a good standard. You are able to purchase dedicated Pike rods
but a Carp one would also do the trick. In terms of reels using a Carp one would also work fine.
When looking at rigs the best choice would be a simple sliding set-up. Floats that are used for Deadbaiting are mostly fished bottom end only with the depth being controlled by a stop knot rather than a split shot. In order to fish the float effectively you will need to fish the bait up to two feet over depth in order to avoid the fish from becoming deeply hooked. To get to the depth cast out the rig and see how the float sits. If the float cocks but sits low in the water and begins to drift, the stop knot is set under-depth. If the float lies on its side, the rig is set too deep.
Then you need to retrieve the rig and slide the stop knot up and down the mainline, depending on whether the rig is too deep or shallow. You then need to recast until the the float just cocks, then the rig is set two feet over-depth. You will then need to carefully tighten up the lead, anchoring the bait back onto shore. The line is then pulled at a slight angle and will be in direct contact with the hookbait.
Remember as well that Pike have a mouthful of razor sharp teeth and you must always use a wire trace when you are targeting them. It is advised to use semi-barbed trebles, with only one hook out the three featuring a barb.
There is a wide range of baits that are available for you to choose from but not one that is definite in providing you with the best success. Lamprey for example are very tough which makes it excellent for casting out. We would advise taking a variety of different baits with you and seeing which work best, some fish may prefer different ones on different days. A tip we do have to share with you is too slightly pierce your bait two or three times in order to release its smell when you put it in the water. Hopefully the Pike will smell it out and will be attracted towards it.
We hope that you have found these tips helpful when it comes to Deadbaiting yourself. If you need any products then please do visit our Liverpool Store or ring us on 01512606015.