Choosing the Best Pike Rigs – Pike Fishing Basics
Here is a collection of some of the most popular and trusted Pike rigs for various styles of fishing that have both successful regular catches and at the same time preventing unnecessary damage to the sometimes fragile Pike.
Before heading out and giving one of these rigs a try, it is important to be kitted up with the right equipment for landing and releasing your hooked pike with care. Poor release causes undue stress to the fish that often can’t be reversed.
Make sure you always carry a landing net that is at least 36inches in diameter to get the fish out of the water safely. A sling mat or a weigh sling with an unhooking mat will protect the fish once landed. Use a quality strong pair of long handled forceps with unhooking.
Pike Rigs – Popped Up Dead Bait Rig
The first rig is used to get the bait out of the weeds and off the bottom to put it right in the strike zone of the pike. The free flowing bait also gives it a bit of ‘life’ to help attract fish to the location.
This rig uses a pop-up poly ball or pop-up sticks inserted inside the bait to keep it out of the debris on the bottom. You can use either single or treble hooks but to protect the pike single is recommended.
Use a snap to attach the wire trace holding the two hooks and the pop-up ball. This will prevent bite offs and stops the line from tangling up with the bait.
Pike Ledger Rig
The pike ledger rig would have to be the most basic of pike rigs and one of the most widely used. It is ideal for land based fishing with deadbait but can still work well with a livey.
It is important when fishing the ledger rig to be alert for any bites as waiting too long can cause a regrettable deep hook. If you are going to spin another rod while waiting for some action then make sure you have a good bite detection or alarm system setup. Don’t stray too far from your rod.
Pike Float Ledger Rig
The last pike rig I’ll show you is the float ledger rig. This is a variation of the standard ledger rig (above) and is great for those situations where you have a weedy area and want the line to head straight to the bottom; uneven bottoms that can cause abrasion on the line; fishing from baots where normal ledgering isn’t really possible; and slow drifting and trolling where you want the bait off the bottom for maximum movement.
The rig attaches a pencil float (or similar) to the depth you want the bait to sit above the ledger bomb. A bead and a stop knot prevents the float from slipping up the length of the line and negating the effect.