Pike fishing for me is not something I do enough over the year. When I do head out after Pike it is never deadbaiting but rather lures are my preferred method. The range of lures on the market these days is vast and choosing can often lead to confusion. Recently Daiwa had sent me over a box of goodies to sink my teeth into and put the gear under test. Among the items sent were a few of their soft baits in a few variations and for Pike, I like to bigger soft baits. So I chose the ones I would likely be using and to accompany the soft baits I was sent over a number of various Daiwa Jig Heads in different sizes.
I had put together some wire traces before my outing and used a relatively easy to work wire. This is rated at 28lb and is stranded which makes it more user friendly and less likely to kink. The problem with some of the bigger soft baits are that a Jig Head is just not big enough for me to have full confidence. The thought of a fish attacking the lure but only at the lower half played heavily on my mind. This led to me adding in a treble stinger hook which came in the form of a Cox and Rawle size 2 Treble Hook which would sit further down softbait and is attached to the eye of the Daiwa Jig Head. The Daiwa Jig Heads I used were 20g 6/0 and 15g 4/0 sized. When using a nylon coated wire I was taught how to tie this wire rather than using crimps but for the stranded wire I was using for the pike traces I had no option but to resort to the crimping method.
Here is a few photos of the rigged Daiwa 20cm Duck Fin Shad in UV Pearl colour.
For my Pike rods I use my two Rozemeiger setups which are coupled with bait casters and are spooled up with the new 20lb Daiwa J-Braid. This braid is unbelievably thin for its rating and is a dream to cast with. The general tactic was to troll around the lake targeting the drop offs and any structure that was a little deeper due to the Pike possibly still holding a little deeper. So with the tactics sorted and the kayak loaded there was nothing else for it but to load the Hobie and head down to the lake.
I was greeted by an overcast day with a wind blowing down the lake. This proved to be no issue with the Hobie Revolution 16 as the Mirage Drive System powered through it. I am so happy with the Hobie as the ability to keep a constant trolling speed while having the added advantage of no hands on a paddle is brilliant. I started tolling and kept an eye on the fishfinder for any signs of structure. I came across a weed bed that is just 2 foot below the surface but has a big drop off and goes down to approximately 30ft down. The lures were working nicely as I could see the rods vibrating with the action of the lures. The Daiwa Soft baits were trolled along the weeded drop off when all of a sudden one of the rods buckled over. I quickly moved the second rod into the rear rod holder and the fight was on.
The wind did not help much but using the Hobie to keep my position made things much easier. The fish made a few runs and I knew it was a better fish. Sometimes a Pike does not put up much of a fight but this fish was giving a good account of itself. When I got my first glimpse of the Pike my suspicions of a good fish were confirmed.
After a couple more short bursts the Pike gave up and I lifted her out of the water to get my lure out and a couple of photos before I let her go again. While taking my photos I noticed I was being watched by the Fisheries which is always good to see a presence by these guys.
So with the photos done I lifted the Pike back into the water and it was clear it was in a hurry to go as it slashed me in the process of heading back down to the depths. What a great little session that was and to get one on the new soft baits by Daiwa is great. I had another fish on a short time later but it managed to shake the hook. You win some and lose some.
Until next time,