October - March Pike Angling

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October - March Pike Angling

Post by Angler Dangler » Wed Sep 13 2017 19:47

Hi all,

For those that fish for Pike through the colder months in the uk I'm wondering how you go about it. Would u fish live/dead baits straight through or would start by lure fishing and then switch to live/deads when it gets really cold. Or alternatively would u lure fish straight through. Have you got a rough plan that you work to in terms of months and expected temperatures ?

I'd like to start by using lures whilst the temperature is still ok, how long would you expect pike to chase for ... Would I get away with lure fishing until Christmas and then going over to deads for the remainder of the season ?

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Re: The October - March Pike Angling

Post by dannytaylor » Wed Sep 13 2017 19:56

Its hard to put a specific timetable on things. Weather patterns are different each year. As a general rule on stillwaters i will use lures and deads early season moving over to exclusivley fishing deads from about november onwards. I will use livebaits throughout the season but have done little the last couple of years. Its a shame as float trolling a live is one of my favourite methods.

On rivers i will use both deads and lures right through the winter depending on water quality. If the water is low, clear and dropping lures are a good shout. Try to avoid rivers that are rising but as they are dropping back to normal level a dead fished in a slack when there is still colour can be deadly..............

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Re: October - March Pike Angling

Post by Angler Dangler » Wed Sep 13 2017 20:04

Thankyou for the advice. I will be mainly targeting still waters, Would I be right in thinking with warmer temperatures the pike will hold higher in the water column ? With that being a said a surface lure would be better for warmer temperatures ??

I'm doing abit of window shopping now and am looking at the surface frogs .... Please advice me against them if they are not a good choice ...

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Re: October - March Pike Angling

Post by dannytaylor » Wed Sep 13 2017 20:25

Personally as we move into the autumn and the water cools i would stick with subsurface lures. Jerkbaits, swimbaits, softplastics etc.

Spring into summer is generally when surface lures will be at there best. With pike there are always exceptions to any rule...............

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Re: October - March Pike Angling

Post by Mike J » Tue Sep 19 2017 23:25

Frog lures will catch when the frogs are spawning in early spring but its a short window so hardly worth the effort or cost of specialist lures.

Try this surface method, which will catch at any time.
Get a sprat or small herring and bend it into a gentle curve, then balance the curved part to lay on or just under the surface, fish it near weedbeds or over drop offs with gentle twitches and long pauses, especially if there is a bit of a chop, remember to use a greased line and watch the bait carefully.
What this technique does is to replicate a dead/dying fish which any pike nearby will almost always come for.
Takes can be explosive or almost unseen as the bait just disappears in a ripple on the surface, either way the line is going down a hole with the pike dragging it down behind it so a contact is usually assured.
If the bait just sinks, keep a gentle contact on the line and wait for the bait to be taken, if not lift it gently off the bottom for a slow retrieve but be preparred for the 'oh so gentle tap' on the line as a stealthy (often large) fish takes the bait.

Always think about doing something nobody else has tried.

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