Spinning for Pike in the winter.
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Spinning for Pike is a great way to catch them and you can cover a lot of water fishing this way. One of the main things to remember is to travel light. A bag on your back with all the essentials in, carp/pike rod with 10-12 lb mainline, wire trace, box of spinners and landing net are all you need. When you get to the riverbank you can have a couple of casts here and there and work your way up the bank. You can increase your catches allot more by doing this and if the Pike are willing to feed i personally find that they usually take the spinner within the first couple of casts. So i try to cast in the same direction three or four times and let the spinner sink to different depths.

The Pike in the photo was taken in January on a short spinning trip on a local river. The pike was in about two feet of water near a shoal of chub and took the spinner on the third cast. The water was higher than normal but was still fairly clear so the sight of a black and gold spinner passing by was just to much for the Pike. And it went off like a rocket as many pike do. That's one of the great things about spinning because one minute your just turning the handle and retrieving your spinner from the depths of the river then Wham you are attached to a freshwater submarine that wants to take you for a swim. Great sport.
One thing you need to get right if you are thinking thinking of starting up Pike fishing is to return it back to the river correctly. After you have landed a pike in the net and weighed it and taken it's picture you are left with a tired fish. So to help it out lower the fishing into shallow water and hold it's tail so the fish stays upright. Wait like this for about 10 seconds and the Pike should get enough energy back to swim away from you on it's own accord. The reason for doing this is because if you just plonked them straight back in they could end up floating down the river upside down towards rapids or all other types of dangers. So look after the Pike so they can fight another day. Tight Lines. T.Bawn
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