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Thread: Using floats for Pike?
03-02-2012, 11:48 AM #1
Using floats for Pike?
Just saw some guys fishing for Pike in a flooded area of a river. It looked like they could have been fishing for cats, they were using heavy equipment and using floats. Unfortunatly I couldn`t stop to question them, any idea what they might have been using as bait? I was thinking that I might go check it out Sunday. I should have everything I need with the exception of steel leaders, so if anyone can give me some insight it would be greatly appreciated.
03-02-2012, 11:56 AM #2
we fish for "Jack" (chain pickeral) down here, I think they are related. I think if you are referring to the Northern Pike they are a larger cousin to our Jack. We usually catch the Jack here in the cooler months. I think they will eat most anything that they can catch. We usually catch them on spinner baits or small jerk baits.
I have caught them on live bream before as well.
I would expect any fish you can catch or buy from the bait store would work.
03-02-2012, 12:11 PM #3
03-03-2012, 12:41 PM #4
Sucker minnows or big shiners is what I use. You can fish them dead or alive especially this time of year.
03-03-2012, 01:02 PM #5
03-03-2012, 01:56 PM #6
The theory goes there is a lot of dead bait this time of year, so Pike have adapted to bottom feeding during ice-out.
03-03-2012, 03:04 PM #7
03-03-2012, 03:22 PM #8
I would use a treble hook. But your setup will work. I would throw out two poles with live/dead bait and one cast either a spinner bait or spoon. I am going to get out the next nice day we have. Going to be a little cold tomorrow. They will be most active middle of the day on nice sunny days
03-03-2012, 03:35 PM #9
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03-04-2012, 08:45 AM #10
I've floated big corks with live suckers on the upper Delaware for years and caught muskys, got to work for pike.