Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 05:08 PM - Northern PikeThe Northern Pike, or Esox Lucius, is one of the most popular freshwater game fish, and for good reason. Their shier fighting power and savage attitude has earned this fish the ranks it deserves. Letís look into some tips that you can use to put more pike into your net this season!
When I think of pike, I think of BIG BAITS! I never go pike fishing without an arsenal of large profile lures. If youíre a fisherman, you know that these fish have extremely sharp teeth that can easily shred the heaviest line, so using a steel-leader is a must. Pike also have extremely tough, bony mouths. What this means to you is that your hooks should be very sharp at all times. A good rule of thumb: If your hook doesnít dig into your fingernail when gently pulled across it, the point isnít sharp enough.
Look at the shape of the pikeís body and you will notice that it is built for speed. You should retrieve your lures accordingly. Often, anglers make the mistake of slowing their lure down when they see a pike following, but the opposite should happen. A slowed bait can cause the fish to lose interest. Instead, speed the bait up, or pump the rod, and that will often convert the follow to a strike. When all is said and done, time on the water will lead to perfection.
Until next time, have a productive time on the water Ė and remember Ė if your line ainít wet, you ainít gonna catch no fish!
By: Nicholas Cudzilo
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