Dead baiting

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When do you stop using dead bait for pike? Or do you still use it during the summer?
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it depends on lots of factors but water temperature is what most would say is the main one.If you live in Scotland it’s generally gonna be different to the norfolk broads, round my way I guess most would say October/ November until March / early April if it’s cool and fish aren’t spawning which usually they are in my experience .
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Was watching some loved pike today, female followed by a few males and dancing away in the weed.
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John Whelan wrote: Mon Apr 18 2022 15:55 -
When do you stop using dead bait for pike? Or do you still use it during the summer?

Welcome aboard John :handshake:

When is sometimes governed by club rules, sometimes simply by tradition.

Some like me do not fish for pike beyond March 15th, others especially if where they are fishing the water is colder will continue longer.
Slightly different when we start with the majority not wetting a line until October.

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some people view it differently , but i dont pike fish in summer ..... it does depend where you are , but avoid June July august , most of September
october should be ok but keep your eye on the temps at all times ....seen quiet a few pike go belly up in summer from the numpty brigade.....

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Between March 15th and November 1st I’ll leave the baits well alone.
October 1st seems to be the traditional start up time but on the southern rivers I usually target, October is still very much a warm month.
Baits get hit very hard and swallowed really quickly in warm water conditions so it’s best to make sure the water your fishing is definitely cool enough before introducing trebles on static baits.
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Typically i stay within the Pike season but have fished deadbaits if its not to warm on a deep scottish loch.
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I'm in Scotland too. We had a coldish spring but this month has warmed up and water levels are low so have stopped chasing pike for now. Will start again when the weather cools off and river levels are up. In addition deadbaiting in summer usually involves very smelly baits potentially catching lots of eels whilst being eaten alive by swarms of blood sucking insects.
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stubbojo wrote: Wed Apr 27 2022 21:43 -
some people view it differently , but i dont pike fish in summer ..... it does depend where you are , but avoid June July august , most of September
october should be ok but keep your eye on the temps at all times ....seen quiet a few pike go belly up in summer from the numpty brigade.....

regards steve
Sept/Oct water temps will be pretty much same as, or higher than June.

No deadbaiting for me until winter, but I might throw a cheeky lure here and there, now and then.
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Steve Dennington wrote: Wed Jun 22 2022 23:23 -
stubbojo wrote: Wed Apr 27 2022 21:43 -
some people view it differently , but i dont pike fish in summer ..... it does depend where you are , but avoid June July august , most of September
october should be ok but keep your eye on the temps at all times ....seen quiet a few pike go belly up in summer from the numpty brigade.....

regards steve
Sept/Oct water temps will be pretty much same as, or higher than June.

No deadbaiting for me until winter, but I might throw a cheeky lure here and there, now and then.
i do a bit of lure fishing for perch later on in the year , but on the bass most of the summer , i just like to leave the pike alone till winter
plenty to go after till it cools down .........
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