Pike Fishing Tackle Essentials

By: Tony Savour

Pike fishing is a great sport and is enjoyed by so many people worldwide, to make the most of it and too do it safely so that you are not harming the fish; you are going to require a few extras in your pike fishing tackle from your ordinary tackle setups. This article will cover some of the essentials you will need.

There are so many different aspects of pike fishing that you need to think about before you purchase your equipment. You need to think about what is going to be best for your fishing experience and also more importantly what you will need so that these brilliant pike aren't harmed.

Now a run down of the basics that will make up your pike fishing tackle equipment, you are going to need:

A rod, Reels, Line, Hooks, Trace wire and bite indication. These are the essentials for pike fishing but you are also going to need a few extra tools to make your fishing experience easier and safer, these include, long forceps, wire cutters and long nosed pliers. It is also essential that you carry these in your pike fishing tackle set as you will need them when unhooking your pike. If you were to try and reach in and take the hook out of a pikes mouth then you are risking losing your fingers. Pike have extremely sharp teeth.

All pike fishing tackle needs to be strong as these fish are extremely powerful and aggressive. Now lets move on to what types of these equipment we will need.

Firstly when purchasing a rod I would recommend that you get one that is about 12ft long and has a test curve of 2.75lbs and above, anything less and there isn't really any point of fishing for pike as a pike can easily break the rod if they are big enough. The higher the test curves the better as well because you can use a wider variety of baits and different lead sizes.

Right next is the line, when getting your line I would recommend getting one that has 16lbs breaking strain, at least. If you get less then you are risking the chance of the line failing you after a period of time, so to be on the safe side 16lbs is probably the safest bet to start with. You will also want to have use mono rather than braid as the abrasion resistance quality of mono is so much better than braid which I find is nowhere near as good.

Next on the list for your pike fishing tackle is to get a reel, when looking for a reel you should look for one that has about 15lb mono which will easily be enough for general pike fishing.

Next and the most important piece of equipment that there is in your pike fishing tackle is a trace wire. Now without a trace wire you may as well give up before you even begin. Without the trace wire a pike will bite straight through your line with its amazingly sharp teeth and therefore ruin your pike fishing experience. Now the best kind of trace wire is probably the 7 strand over the 29 strand as they are easier to use and don't get muddled up so easily. When getting your trace wire you will probably want to be looking at ones with about 30lb or more on it.
Your pike fishing tackle is almost complete, the next piece of equipment on the list are hooks, now I think most people will agree with me here that treble hooks are probably the best hooks to get. All you need to do when getting hooks is to make sure that they are not easily bendable and that they are very sharp. If they are bendable they have a tendency of straightening which is not helpful when trying to catch fish.

The last piece of pike fishing tackle that I am going to cover in this article is bite indication, this part of your tackle helps you know when you have got a bite, you can get these in different types giving you visual or audible indications. If you can I would recommend using both, they also help you so that when you catch a fish you can quickly start trying to catch it rather than deep hooking the pike, which can be effectively fatal to a pike.

I hope this article helps you in some way, feel free too leave comments and good luck setting up your own pike fishing tackle set.

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