CATCHING BIGGER PIKE
 

RIGS & TACKLE

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Deadbait Support Rig
Deadbait Support Rig A Typical Deadbait Support Rig
Wobble Bar and Cox
Wobble Bar and Cox With a stainless steel wobble bar, all of the action goes into the bait and not into a lead weight swinging loose on the line.
Float-fished and Trotted livebait
Float-fished and Trotted livebait Float-fished and trotted livebaits cover large volumes of water a lot more quickly than legering, keeping baits away from weed and snags, and make a welcome change from sitting behind alarms.
Wier Pools
Wier Pools A Hampshire Avon weir pool showing the flow of water and fish-holding areas. The angler who can read the pattern of flows will be the one who catches the most fish in any given condition.
Eel Rig For Lochs
Eel Rig For Lochs Float-legered deadbaits suit loch fishing, where baits need to be anchored despite strong surface drift, and line needs to be lifted clear of those waters' notoriously boulder-strewn bottoms.
Pike from egg stage to 3 weeks old
Pike from egg stage to 3 weeks old Pike from egg stage to three weeks old. After hatching, they attach themselves to weed for several days until their yolk sack has been absorbed and they are strong enough to become free-swimming and start to hunt for food.
Far bank bays
Far bank bays Top, left and right: The wrong and right way to leger a far bank bay, positioning the rod high to keep the line clear of the current and any weed or debris carried down. Bottom: Bite alarms can still be used but the traditional tips-down rod arrangement will lead to the bait being dragged out of position.
Elbowbends
Elbowbends Tight, elbowbends scour out an area under the bank. A bait allowed to be pulled under the bank by the current will find pike lying in wait, and a slow retrieve will give a big fish time to make up it's mind whether or not it wants the bait.
Poplar Pit
Poplar Pit The Poplar Pit, with fish holding features marked.