Fishing Articles — Pike Fishing

Casting Big Water: Snap-Jerk-Power-Rip Jigging for Big Walleyes by Matt Straw

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Casting Big Water: Snap-Jerk-Power-Rip Jigging for Big Walleyes by Matt Straw

What do brown trout, muskies, bass, reds, blues, sharks, walleyes, pike, and salmon have in common? Obviously, they’re all fish. But a violent response to rip jigging would be accepted. (Even on Jeopardy.) A friend taught me long ago that a cheap, unpainted, ball-head jig tipped with a white pork strip could consistently take big pike all summer long when “ripped.” He pitched from the deep weedline—out on the flats or right along the edge of the weeds and let the jig fall to bottom. As soon as the jig made contact, he ripped it up about 4 feet while...

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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

American-made Proven Versatility “There’s a new old lure back in town.”  At least that’s what we say to newer generations of anglers who haven’t heard of, much less used, the Al’s Goldfish lure.  For those of you who do remember the wide tail-wobble and lazy flutter of the Goldfish and are pleased to hear it’s making a comeback, we say “you’re welcome”.  Either way, whether you’re scratching your head on the funny name, or drifting back to sweet memories of another time with a pretty little gold spoon, perhaps introductions are in order.  I’m the owner of Al’s Goldfish Lure...

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

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Ice-Pike Strategies by Matt Straw

Walk, don’t run. When a tip-up flag pops up over early ice, running over a big pike can make them drop the bait. When a pike decides to takes a big sucker, it isn’t likely to let go unless alarmed. Eyes should be focused on the spindle atop the shaft. Spinning? Yes. A pike has the sucker and is taking it for a ride. The tip-up is lifted carefully, placed gently, line brought in slowly. Pressure. Stand up and pull. It pulls back, hooks on the homemade quick-strike rig worrying home. Another pike circles us under 5 inches of clear,...

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Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

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Tip Ups Tactics for Pike by Mike Gnatkowski

Like all forms of fishing these days, technological advancements has changed the way anglers fish with tip-ups for pike. In its simplest form, tip-up fishing for pike meant using rudimentary tip-ups with wooden cross members and spools filled with thick, black Dacron line. Anglers used a spud to chop holes and once the tip-ups were set, waited for a pike to hopefully cruise by. Tip-ups could be found at garage sales for a buck or two and were unceremoniously tossed in a five-gallon bucket at the end of the season. Today, tip-ups are made from high-tech materials that make them...

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