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Some advice please. I havent fished in a while but keen for our trip next week. Just bought one of these simple kits to have a play with. What is the best way to go about to try and catch a large Pike? Will this rod and reel allow it? Any good spots between Wroxham and Great Yarmouth an d then South? Have dealt with large bluefish, fluke and flounder so I do have a little experience. The hooks that came with the kit look quite small, any thoughts?

Good eve. David.

 

https://www.caperlan.co.uk/ufish-sea-350-fishing-exploration-set-new-id_8350933

 

 

 

 

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My best advice is if you dont have actual experience of handling a big pike or have someone with you who does its probably best not to fish for them.

The rivers are in abundance with other fish species that this rod outfit  would appear more suited to, they will be a lot easier to catch and you will probably have a lot more fun.   

Get some white and red maggots and a plummet and away you go!

 

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Hi David, got to admit that I am wondering if you are playing the devil's advocate or not! I have a vision of one of those toy like set-ups that sea-side shops sell for catching flounders or crabs.

Pike, especially big pike, require something of a specialist set up as well as practical experience. You really do need wire traces, barbless hooks, an unhooking mat, a large landing net and a pair of forceps for removing the hook. 

In a nutshell, if you must go pike fishing, then Breydon Water is to be recommended.

Having looked at your link I suspect that your outfit is not man enough for pike and probably over the top for the roach & smaller bream that abound on the Broads. You will need a fishing licence from your local post office. I would also advise that you have a landing net in case you hook a big bream or perch.

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If you seriously want to go pike fishing,...........

Watch this........

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=opera&q=unhooking+a+big+pike+you+tube&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#kpvalbx=1

Once you have the respect , the gear and the knowledge.........crack on and have fun........

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Fishing on the Broads, see this:

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news-and-publications/publications-and-reports/conservation-publications-and-reports/water-conservation-reports/50.-Angle-on-the-Broads.pdf

Some of the long term members here might recognise one of the names in the Broads Angling Strategy Group listing.

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The BA have overlooked a few species, Eel, Bass or (sea bass), Carp, atleast 1 Catfish and I hear the odd murmor of Zander every now and then. 

Both good links though and well worth digesting. 

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Just now, dnks34 said:

The BA have overlooked a few species, Eel, Bass or (sea bass), Carp, atleast 1 Catfish and I hear the odd murmor of Zander every now and then. 

Both good links though and well worth digesting. 

Eels have been overlooked and I really don't know the reason. Bass do come into the Broads but are a sea-fish thus were not considered for inclusion. Carp were considered but whilst the odd twenty pounder, even forty pounder, comes to the bank they are a specialised quarry and catching them is like finding a needle in a haystack! The odd cat-fish comes off the Waveney but they are not indigenous so they too were excluded. Zander, all the bodies and photographs sent into the EA at Norwich have all looked incredibly like immature bass! In general it was decided to concentrate on the fish most likely to be caught on the Broads. Trout & salmon were also excluded yet the odd ones are caught.

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9 minutes ago, karrass1 said:

I think i may just chill, breathe and enjoy. Thank you all so much.

Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
 

Have a great time! Some great pubs down on the South Rivers.

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When I was out in Canada with the RAF, we went pike fishing one weekend with just such locally bought cheap outfits.  Gravel bottomed lake, stocked with many small jack-pike. Nothing big and we were, as they do there, fishing to barbecue ( tasted good too not coming from a muddy river ). I took a couple to eat, then returned any extras I caught. Don't think there was much chance of hooking a monster as they eat anything they catch there.

Have you ever tried to buy barbless hooks in Canada by the way - they look at you as if you have two heads

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23 hours ago, dnks34 said:

The BA have overlooked a few species, Eel, Bass or (sea bass), Carp, atleast 1 Catfish and I hear the odd murmor of Zander every now and then. 

Both good links though and well worth digesting. 

No such fish in the UK as "sea bass" Bass yes, perch is the nearest thing we have to freshwater bass.

Charlie

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