Spin fishing for pike can be a lot of fun, as the often aggressive predators are often not very choosy when it comes to the lure and of all the native predatory fish, the best way to get them to the lure is by repeatedly teasing them. Nevertheless, there are some things to consider when fishing successfully with artificial lures such as plugs, spoons, rubber fish, spinners or other creations. How to successfully fish for pike with a spinning rod and what you need to keep in mind can be read in this article.
Straight fluorogreen is excellent for turbid water. In clear water more natural decorations are in demand. Silver, white or brown tones usually meet the taste of the pike. Very good are always pike decors, because pike like to bite even smaller rivals, so longish, narrow and green lures almost always work on pike. So even when the pike are thick and full, they are still provocative.
With spoon and spinner for pike
These lures are especially suitable for beginners as there is little you can actually do wrong with them. Easy catching already catches fish. I often put in some spin stops anyway. These are catching pauses of 2-5 seconds, so you can usually get more pike to bite. Both lures are long lasting due to the metal used. The heavy material also results in high dead weight, which makes long casts possible.
Spinners attract mainly because of their pressure waves and thus appeal to the lateral line organ of the pike. They are therefore also top lures for turbid water. Spinners in sizes 3-5 are good and proven pike lures that have caught many pike. The running depth of spinners can only be determined by catching them a little slower or faster. If you lead the spinner slower it will run deeper and vice versa, if you catch the spinner fast it will run closer to the water surface. It is important that the spinner blade rotates. Cheap spinners often run worse or only after a lot of pull.
The different types of spinners
There are spinners with willow leaf or lancet shaped spinners and there are spinners with an oval or round spinner blade. Willow leaf spinners (far right in the picture) run lower than the round “French” spinner blades.
Other types of spinners are lead head spinners, which can be used to get a little bit deeper, and tandem spinners, which emit much more pressure waves. Of course, a spinner can also be made deeper by a little lead in front of the spinner.
Another advantage of spinners and turn signals is the low price and the availability of cheap replicas, which you can buy without hesitation with turn signals.
Rubber fish fishing for pike
Rubber fish are among the best and now most common pike lures.
The correct guiding of rubber fish for pike
For pike you can not only guide the rubber fish over the bottom, but it is often more successful to jig them in mid-water or at least to lift them with higher jumps from the bottom of the water.
Easy line – i.e. pulling in without much action with the rod is also successful and in some waters pike only want that.
The pike always robs from bottom to top and if you underfish it the bites are missing. Therefore it is advisable to fish a little higher than too deep. Only in winter it is allowed to be deeper.
Fishing spots with the rubber fish
When you make your first casts at an unknown fishing spot, I recommend to use the bait with regular contact to the ground, so you will soon notice how deep it is and where there are bumps. Also the bottom structure is easy to feel, if in doubt just pull the rubber lure at the lead head over the bottom. On muddy ground the lead head sometimes sinks into the mud. If you have weed on the hook you should of course fish a bit flatter.
Small clouds of mud that the rubber fish whirls up every time it touches the ground are another factor that makes the lure interesting for pike.
Rubber fish for summer and winter
Just like when fishing for zander, in summer rubber fish with a shovel tail and more action are preferred, while in winter no action shads or rubbers with a small shovel tail are tops.
It’s also important to get a good start when fishing for rubber fish, as the pike rarely hooks itself. Zander also like to use rubbers and do not bite as hard.
Wobblers are versatile but expensive lures, but they produce fewer hooks with them unless you throw them into the next tree or bush. Hardly any other lure imitates small fish so well and realistically. This makes plugs especially catchy. Unfortunately there are many varieties of plugs and each one runs completely different. Flat running plugs have a steep diving blade, while deep running plugs have a flat and larger diving blade.
For pike I like to use bigger and beefy plugs or those in pike decor. My favourite lure is the Salmo Slider a kind of jerkbait-wobbler hybrid. It runs like a plugs when you simply crank it in and behaves like a jerkbait when you hit it.
The tool for spin fishing for pike
The right reel for spin fishing for pike
Reels of size 3000-4000 are sufficient for fishing for pike with artificial bait. The brake must start smoothly and the line should be clean. This way even braided lines can be fished. The weight and how easily the crank turns and has no play are then rather secondary requirements for a spinning reel for pike fishing. An overview of recommended spinning reels I have created here.
The right rod for spin fishing for pike
A 2.4-3 m rod with a casting weight of 30-80g is a good choice for pike fishing. For smaller waters it may also be slightly shorter and for small or obstacle-less still waters 15-45g cast weight is sufficient. Of course the casting weight is adapted to the spinning lures. A selection of good pike rods I have summarized in this article.
The right line for spin fishing for pike
Mostly a braided line is best for spin fishing, because direct contact to the lure is guaranteed. In very clear water and when fishing with plugs, spoons and spinners, monofilaments around 0.3-0.35 mm are an alternative.
When fishing with low-stretch braided lines, loads of around 5-10 kg are appropriate, i.e. 0.14-0.17 mm in diameter. If there are many obstacles in the water or you need to keep the fish away from the current in one of the big rivers, slightly stronger lines are also suitable. In weedy waters or water lily fields braided ones have another advantage. They prevent hooks and bait losses by simply cutting through the plants should the pike escape into them.
Lead speed when spinning for pike
The lead speed for pike should not be too fast a leisurely cranking is often good, but it is always a good idea to vary it from time to time and also crank faster. Pike are very irritable fish and sometimes they want to use varied lures.
Drill pike correctly
I adjust my reel brake before I start fishing. When adjusting the brake you should pull the lure attached to the line so that the rod plays along and not just pull the line directly from the reel. If you’ve never done this before, you’ll find that much more force is needed to apply the brake against the rod. However, the brake must still be set strong enough to get the stroke through safely. You can find more tips on how to fish properly in this article on Angeltests.de>>
Setting a hook
When spinning for pike it is useful to set a hook immediately after a bite, because pike have a very hard mouth in which they have a rather poor grip. If the bait is very large, you can strike with a minimal delay. Especially with rubber lures the pike don’t notice the deception so quickly.
It is annoying when the pike, with its typical head shaking when jumping out of the water, simply shakes off the hooks, because pike can be real fighters.
Steel leader and pike-safe leader
Pike-safe leader material is part of spinning for pike. Leader lengths of around 30 cm have proven to be very useful for spin fishing. Hardmono or Fluorocarbon have proved their worth from 0.7 mm upwards, but it is controversial how pike safe they really are. In my opinion you can fish for pike with them without any problems as long as you check them after every fish contact and replace them if damaged.
How you can knot a steel leader yourself, I have described here>> and which materials are best for it, you can read in this article>>.
Even though I have tried hard, no article about pike is ever really complete. I am happy about comments, criticism and suggestions!
A lot of information about pike fishing can also be found on the website of the German Pike Fishing Club.