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Hiya, I will shortly be spending a couple of weeks enjoying the broads and it's fantastic fishing but I do have a mission. I want to catch the one that got away as it were..... a pike. don't care if it's the smallest pike on earth but it is something I have tried and failed miserably at. So if anyone can give advice on where and how while I'm down please let me know.

I always love my time fishing each year we go down to the broads but pike is the only species I have not caught so would like to spend the odd day spending time just trying for pike.

cheers

Martin :idea:

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Word of warning, pike have sharp teeth and the lures used with treble hooks are not the easiest thing for the inexpierienced to get out.

Caught our first jack pike last year, there was blood involved in the unhooking process and it wasn't the pikes, it also took about 5 mins to get the lure out which is far to long for the fish to be out of water, at least it seemed non the worse for wear when it swam away.

Will now take some specialist advice from one of the abundant pike fishermen around the broads on unhooking before fishing for that particular spieces again, even a couple of pounds of pike was a thrill to have on the hook so god knows what the big ones are like.

Ours was from the Ant on a spinner close to the bank but I believe you can catch Jack pike just about anywhere on the broads it is the specimen fish that you need to know where they are.

Ian

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the lures used with treble hooks are not the easiest thing for the inexperienced to get out.

Hi Ian :wave

the best thing you could do is get lures with barbless hooks you may loose a fish every now and then but be assured it will be fairly easyer to get a barbless lure out of a pike and yourself then a barbed lure

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the lure was barbless jonny but you still have 3 hooks to get out and as fast as I got 1 out another point stuck in, the blood was a result of some very sharp teeth, the fish didn't try and bite but trying to get the hooks out meant I kept catching my fingers on them.

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Don't forget the season does not open until the 16th June but I am sure you know that.

With the rise in water temperatures Pike are pretty active, providing water temperatures don't get too high lures are the way in my view.

Pike love to lie and ambush so try against the reed line or the like. I would not fish for Pike without an unhooking mat and squeezing the Barbs down on the trebles

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Hi guys, thanks for the great advice, I guess I'm going out this weekend shopping for a couple of lures then! I'll be sure to let you all now how I get on in my little adventure. :pirate

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Hiya Martin,

Please be aware, that if you catch a Pike, and decide to 'hand' the fish up and out of the water, that means you put your fingers through the gill plates and lift gently,there will be a lure, if using lures, somewhere inside the mouth. The last thing you need is to put your fingers in, and in effect, grab the lure, which also bites, due to it's two treble hooks. You are now connected to a very angry fish indeed, and can't let it go. Please be extremely careful, and if possible, go with someone else, it's much safer all round.

Baz

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Don't worry that is the last thing I intend to end up doing, I hate the sight of blood when its my own and I'm going to be using a landing net until I get more confident with pike. I was wondering do you use braid straight through with a wire strace or mono to trace?

As for the unhooking part I have my forceps at the ready..

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My OH is after that elusive pike !! In all the years on the Broads and fishing we have only caught one pike, it wasnt meant to be pike, but my Dad was with us that year, he isnt a fisherman just dangling a rod ! He caught a tiddler and the pike dived after the tiddler, tried to bring him in but the line broke !! That was on the run down to Beccles, tied up to a tree !! If you find him let us know ready for our fish fest in October when we all fish...YES even us women and guess who catches the most ?! :dance:roll:

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Hehe! I don't know whether i just get Lucky on the broads... but we always keep a count and I tend to beat the other half! YAY ladies! cheersbar

But then he whopps my butt back in Yorkshire... I cant catch anything here!

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Hiya Martin,

I use 30lb braid down to an "up trace" of about 18ins long of 20lb wire, swivel, and then a wire hook trace about 18-20ins long, also of 20lb. I use two treble hooks of size 8. This rig is of course for dead baiting.If you want to lure fish, I use a wire lure trace directly to the braid through a strong swivel.

Hope this helps Martin.

Baz

ps. Apologies for not answering before, but just seen your enquiry.

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Hi Baz,

Your a star thanks for the advice I'll have to dip into the coffers but it will be worth it if I can get my hands on a lovelly pike this year. I'll let youknow how I get on. cheersbar

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Hi Martin, just seen your post. Spend afew bob on some proper pike forceps if you're inexperienced, not the medical ones .When deadbaiting I always use lamprey, about a 5 inch section, its still bleeding after hours in the water.I make my own rigs, not those horrible snap tackles. A size 8 at the head end of the rig to help the presentation and an 8 barbless treble further down.If you're quick on the strike the pike will be hooked nicely in the mouth and easy to disgorge. Might lose one or two with this method but I prefer it to deep hooked fish !

Stefan

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