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    Default When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Hi folks
    After some advice on pike fishing as the title says when do you strike when float fishing ? Is it like general fishing wait for it to go under or take off. I want to avoid deep hooking of possible.
    I’ve caught pike before on lures but fancy a go at dead baiting.
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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    For static deadbaiting I always gap my trebles close together and position both sets in the centre of the deadbait body as opposed to one in the root of the tail and one halfway along the body.

    In every case I've observed a Pike will pick up a deadbait halfway along the body, slumped sideways across its jaws before turning it head first and swallowing it and the close gapping and position of the trebles on the deadbait allows for an instant strike and virtually no chance of deep hooking.

    The other advantage is that the sooner you strike the less chance the Pike has to feel the trebles and reject the bait.

    I've lost very few (if any?) fish doing it this way and it eradicates deep hooking.

    There will always be exceptions to the rule with regards to how Pike pick up a static deadbait but they're that few and far between that I will opt for this arrangement every time and not worry about the exceptions.

    Gap the trebles according to the size of bait you are using, it might be an inch for a small Roach or two or three for a large Herring but as long as they're in the centre of the bait you can strike instantly with a great chance of a hook up in one of the trebles and an easy unhooking process.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Thanks, that’s great advice. I’d read somewhere the other day about keeping the trebles close together and I understand why now.
    I’m thinking of trying mackerel tail or something to start with.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    This is the kind of thing I use, on this occasion I was after Zander but it shows how closely the trebles are gapped... The only thing I would have done with a full deadbait would be to hook it longways as opposed to across the body as shown here...



    I know trebles come in for some bad press but having tried singles, circles and most of the other alternatives I still find them the most reliable for a hook-up and the safest to use for an instant strike, they are very often far smaller than the singles which I occasionally see people using.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Brilliant thank you, if you don’t mind what size trebles would you recommend ?

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    It really depends on the size of the bait... Maybe an 8 for a smallish 2oz Roach or a 6 for a slightly bigger bait such as small Mackerel or a 4 for a large Herring.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aknib View Post
    It really depends on the size of the bait... Maybe an 8 for a smallish 2oz Roach or a 6 for a slightly bigger bait such as small Mackerel or a 4 for a large Herring.
    Thought that maybe the case. Thank you once again for the advice.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Thats a good point about trebles half way along Steve. I have started using a variation on that which seems OK. I put a treble on the flank with a large single through the tail. The single stops this ham fisted clumsy angler from casting off the deadbait and feeding the gulls!
    The single is merely a bait holder and its the treble that does the hooking.
    I make my own traces and leave the single free to slide on the trace but it is stopped by a crimp above the treble. That way it is infinitely variable for bait size.
    The other advantage is that should I wish to do so I can reverse the bait to be head first up the line and use it sink and draw.
    Works for me.

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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    I presume you are float ledgering, strike as soon as the float starts bobbing as a pike can inhale a bait without actually pulling the main line due to the length of the trace.
    If you are fishing with a free roaming float again strike at the slightest movement as pike can and often take a bait from the underside due to their eyes pointing upwards and their tendency to lay deep waiting for an opportunity to feed. Due to this its wise to use an uptrace as well as the bait trace to avoid the pike picking up your main line as it engulfs the bait and then biting through the line on the strike.
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    Default Re: When to strike when float fishing for Pike.

    Thanks Phil for the information, I’d much rather miss a fish than deep hook one. That’s why I thought I’d ask. I don’t know any pike anglers except one who’s too ill to fish these days.

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