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This years pike fishing for me started on New Years Day, when I got up at 3am to drive down to Essex so I could set up and fish a couple of hours in the dark.

 

At 8.30 ish the right hand rod baited with a popped up bluey head went off, and after a decent scrap this 12 was netted.

 

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12.00 and the left hand rod baited with a lamprey tail brought this

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This fish didn't scrap so well, looking like it had had an argument with something, with cuts and scars around the head, but weighed 13lb.

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As I had set up in the dark, both rods were ledgered dead-baits, one fished popped up, the other on the bottom, and both produced fish.

 

As you can see, the unhooking mat and sling is ready, with forceps to hand. I can unhook the pike, sling the trace and weight out the way (usually back into the water) so there is no risk to me or the fish, then slide the net out the way and straight into the sling to weigh the fish. Then it's already in the sling to carry back to the lake safely to be released.

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Tomorrow I reckon I can drive down slightly later, but still be there for an early one.

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Nicely done Nick , out of interest whereabouts in Essex do you do your piking ?

They're big and full of crays

 

Blanked today, the water was the colour of milky coffee. Only a couple of bleeps, I left it for a second of two, then decided to strike, but there was nothing there.

 

Certain it wasn't crays on the bait as the bait was popped up well of the bottom, may have been a liner or grebe swimming through the line.

 

Tried plenty of baits, drifted float fished and ledgered, but no luck.

 

Allus next time!

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Its that time again.

Spent a day drowning deadbaits, for 1 dropped run.

 

Got a few more days planned, might be fun Sunday though. I've got a catering shift until late Saturday, was going to get home and go straight out with the pike gear.

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You initial statement about Essex salok, would you be referring to ardleigh? I'm thinking about doing a few days piking up there. Could I literally use my carp gear, just with wire trace and a treble with some dead bait on? On the alarms. Also it won't let me see these pics for some reason? Says please update my account but let's me see other pics on other threads

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Wasn't thinking of Ardleigh to be honest.

 

Your carp gear is fine with wire traces, although I do nearly always fish one with a float, partly because I like watching a float, partly because it gives better indication.

 

Get your self some drop-off indicators.

 

The pics were on photobucket, on my account, then Photobucket changed terms and conditions and started charging for '3rd party hosting'. Basically every pic I had used on here is lost, even worse is Photobucket apps stopped working, so I have lost almost every pic I had backed up to them

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4 hours ago, salokcinnodrog said:

The pics were on photobucket, on my account, then Photobucket changed terms and conditions and started charging for '3rd party hosting'. Basically every pic I had used on here is lost, even worse is Photobucket apps stopped working, so I have lost almost every pic I had backed up to them

i have a two TB hard drive to store my photo's on. i used photobucket to host to forums and as and when i come across one that is no longer in a post i just drag and drop a replacement from the hard drive, simples and no fear of losing those precious moments because some app developer got greedy

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4 hours ago, salokcinnodrog said:

Wasn't thinking of Ardleigh to be honest.

 

Your carp gear is fine with wire traces, although I do nearly always fish one with a float, partly because I like watching a float, partly because it gives better indication.

 

Get your self some drop-off indicators.

 

The pics were on photobucket, on my account, then Photobucket changed terms and conditions and started charging for '3rd party hosting'. Basically every pic I had used on here is lost, even worse is Photobucket apps stopped working, so I have lost almost every pic I had backed up to them

I'll have to look into this pike game lol. As my knowledge is zero. Can you get the hooks out with just metal forseps ? Also I'm about to google pike drop off lol.

and that's a git about the photos. Shame 

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The drop-off indicators I use:

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I have long forceps and long nose pliers for unhooking pike.

I would recommend you go with somebody experienced to start with when pike fishing, they are a whole lot more sensitive to handling than carp, and until you know how to unhook them, its quite difficult.

 

Best way I have found is to land them, then rest them upside down on the mat. Put your hand inside the gills, and as you slide down they open their mouth, leaving you to get the hooks out with forceps or pliers. 

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48 minutes ago, Dannygooner said:

Nice one. Thanks for the advice, again. Could I not just use my carp bite alarms and swingers atal? 

Do yourself and the pike a favour go with somebody experienced to begin with  Not been funny but  inexperienced anglers are the cause of so many dead pike each and every year. 

 

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1 hour ago, Dannygooner said:

Unfortunately I don't know any pike fisherman but I'm not a Wally. Doing my homework currently online and am going to have a look round the banks and chat to some pike anglers. 

it has always amused me that  such a voracious predator can be so delicate. it was driven home to me when i caught my PB 25lb of solid scary muscle, handled like a baby and went belly up as it was gently slid back, took a good 10-15 mins to get it to stay upright and start to kick. i havent been piking since and i know what i am doing.

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4 minutes ago, cyborx said:

it has always amused me that  such a voracious predator can be so delicate. it was driven home to me when i caught my PB 25lb of solid scary muscle, handled like a baby and went belly up as it was gently slid back, took a good 10-15 mins to get it to stay upright and start to kick. i havent been piking since and i know what i am doing.

I will most certainly be careful. I'm very much one for nature so fish care is paramount 

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1 minute ago, Dannygooner said:

I will most certainly be careful. I'm very much one for nature so fish care is paramount 

tbh if i were just starting out and knowing what i know now i would start off somewhere were there was a high population of jack pike. the young ones seem to be a lot more forgiving than the old ladies and its a good way of getting that all important experience. :lol:

 

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4 minutes ago, Dannygooner said:

I certainly won't be taking them home to eat, like I've seen other people discuss in other threads lol

poached pike steaks are out of this world bud :wink:

get you the recipe if ya want :lol:

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Haha thankyou but I think I'll give it a miss. And yes not a bad idea. Where I was thinking of going contains monsters of up to 27lb I believe. Though I don't know that for sure. Maybe I'll master the craft somewhere else before giving that Water a bash

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On 4 November 2017 at 13:11, Dannygooner said:

Nice one. Thanks for the advice, again. Could I not just use my carp bite alarms and swingers atal? 

Problem with standard swingers is they are not as sensitive as a drop-off indicator. I use my Delkims as the front, but always watch the float, (on 1 rod) and respond to any bleeps on the other rod(s). The drop-off should fall off on any line movement, but very occasionally pike will scoff a bait on the spot.

 

No matter what you do, at some point you will get a deep hooked fish, and for an inexperienced angler, it is scary unhooking them, having your nose next to a pikes mouth, sometimes with your mouth pulling the line tight to bring the hooks forward (and stomach!), one hand under the gill  rakers, and the other working in the other gill to remove hooks with pliers or forceps.

 

A couple of years ago, I had a decent 20 break me off as the line rubbed over a metal cable in the margin. A week later my mate hooked and landed it, and I had to take out 2 sets of hooks, his from the mouth, my previous weeks trace from further down in the mouth. It was his first 20, and after holding it upright in the margins for 10-15 minutes swam off safely.

It is probably actually harder to unhook smaller fish (2-4lb) than a bigger one if deep hooked, there is simply no room to work, you can only fit a couple of fingers under the gill to open the mouth. 

If I don't have to actually put the fish on land, unhook it in the water I will. I have had numbers of fish hooked on the top upper hook (I usually use a single), and rather than net them, gill them, then 'flick' the hook free with forceps. If you net them, the risk of a flying treble catching in the mesh, and a wriggling fish catching everything up, making a mess of the fish and the net.

 

Don't know if the pic helps, but that was a mid double that you can see i'm straddling on the mat, having just unhooked, slung the pliers and hooks out the way, and getting my fingers carefully out the way.

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I usually use only one set of trebles, pushing the trace through the deadbait with the hooks in the head area and strike early, you lose some but rarely get them gorged, with a livebait, i just liphook with the one barbed hook on the trebles, not perfect but works for me, cats, one big hook through the root of the tail.

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Very helpful fellas. Cheers. I'm walking round a water tmrw to see if anyone's got a deadbait out, see what I can learn 🙂. My day ticket carping has really died a death in the last two weeks. And I've never caught a pike, I know the colder weather is better for them, so I'll give it a bash. As I said before fish care is paramount for me so I appreciate the advice.

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