Basics of Pike Fishing!
11.02.2020 | eightclaws | Fishing Tips

How do you angle for pike?

The short version of the story is:


To fish for pike you need a pike tackle, a pike lure or a wobbler, and adding to that a fishing rod that is 7 feet or more.

It’s best to use the spinning technique, as you cover a large area very quickly.

Use a braided line, that is at least 0,30 mm and a spinning reel, size 3500.

This way, you will be catching pike in no time!


Now for the long version.

What rod should I use to catch pike?

The fishing rod for pike angling can come in different sizes and with different casting weights. All in all, the most important thing when fishing for pike is to use so-called trigger rods, as they a superior for catching pike. But what is a trigger rod?

A trigger rod is a baitcasting rod, typically with a pistol-like trigger at the bottom of the rod. The rod is typically anywhere between 6,6 feet and 9 feet. It is used to catch mostly pike, but can also be used for baitcasting for largemouth bass or saltwater cod. 

The rod you should be using to angling for pike should be about 7 feet (220 cm). It needs to be able to handle a casting weight of between 20-60 grams (that’s 0,7 oz to 2,1 oz). Your new rod has to be able to use a braided line. 

The best line for pike fishing

The line you should be using for fishing pike should be of good quality and quite heavy-duty. We recommend a braided line at least 0,25 mm– that’s a breaking strength of 12 kg or 25 lb. 

In addition to this, tie a short piece of titanium line between your lure and line. This way the pike won’t be able to bite your line in half. You call this piece of the line a pike tackle. 

The best bait to fish for pike

If you are just getting started with fishing, we recommend that you choose a large lure that spins, or a wobbler. But what is a lure and a wobbler?

What is a lure?

A fishing lure is typically an artificial bait, that resembles that of a small baitfish. By reeling your line in relatively fast, the lure mimics the movements of a baitfish. The fish you are after, in this case, a pike, will think it is a real fish and strike for it.

A kind of subspecies of the lure is a spinner. The spinner also looks like a fish or fly, and the difference here is that it rotates around itself.

For pike fishing, we recommend using large lures or spinners, specifically designed for the fish. Pike lures are often a great way to get started with catching pike. One disadvantage is however that lures can scare away the fish. The splashing of the lure hitting the water, is in some cases, enough to spook the fish away.

What is a wobbler?

A wobbler, simply put, is a 3d lure. It often comes with a spoon in front. The spoon is a small plastic device shaped almost like a spoon. This spoon makes the wobbler dive or twist in the water. The advantage of the wobbler is that you can cover a large amount of water. Another advantage of the wobbler is that it mimics an injured or dying baitfish.

The jerkbait

If you’re dedicated to pike and bass fishing, we can highly recommend fishing a jerkbait. It is a great way to catch e.g pike, as the movements of the bait really tempt the fish to strike.

The basic rule of fishing with jerkbait is that you keep the rod in motion. You twitch the rod to make the jerkbait move in the water. The jerkbait does not move on its own during the reel-in.

Worth knowing about the pike

The pike (latin Esox Lucius) is a large predator fish. Find it at water streams, fresh water and brackish water. The pike has very sharp teeth and strong jaws. The pike strikes in what the danish office of fishing calls a “surprise – attack”. The strike comes suddenly, as the pike excels at accelerating, even when being still in the water.