Esox lucius or Pike is one of the most respected predators in freshwater and anglers love to battle with these underwater killers. Here's a selection of shows, films and tips that will help increase your chances of success.
In this feature length instructional film, Paul Gustafson takes the trip of a lifetime to the Piking paradise that is Sweden’s Nedre Dalalven River. The crew arrive to a cold and windy Swedish weather front, so assuming the Pike have moved to deeper water they fish with dead baits beneath floats in the middle of the river. As if the weather couldn’t get any worse, the snow begins to blow in, but it doesn’t stop Paul catching some beautiful Pike trolling lures with the use of a downrigger. We then head back to home ground to fish the Oxfordshire Thames, before returning to Sweden for some Pike fly tying with friend Johan Waden and in-depth tackle talk with Mick Willis.
In this instalment of Paul Gustafson’s Piking series, Paul and friends enjoy a trip to the place that many Pike anglers consider the holy land, the beautiful lochs of Ireland. Beginning in the rolling countryside setting of Loch Gowna, Michael Fitzpatrick takes Paul out dead baiting with floats from the traditional wooden rowing boats. After good fun with small feisty jack Pike, we join Mark O’Regan over at Lough Ramor, where Paul finally hooks into the monster fish over 20 pounds he travelled to Ireland to catch. Finally, Paul get’s the unique chance at a Pike on the fly, one of the most exciting ways to catch any fish, let alone these hard fighting leviathans.
In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler Ant Glascoe Jr. is back in his hometown fishing lures on the River Irwell, searching out that big Manchester Pike that eluded him in the last episode. He begins in the grimy centre of Salford, casting beneath the graffiti covered bridges and weirs he fished as a young boy. Ant explains how to stay mobile when fishing lures on these big rivers, constantly moving between structures and pools to locate these wily predators. Once again, drama strikes as Ant’s girlfriend goes into labour in the middle of a promising session. However, once the dust settles, he returns to a beautiful stretch of river two weeks later and finally gets the opportunity he’s been looking for. This episode proves that no matter where you are or what obstacles you face, there’s always a fish to be caught!
Paul Gustafson has been fishing for British Pike for over 25 years, and he’s amassed an incredible amount of knowledge. In this feature length film, he goes deeper than ever into his techniques, tackle, experiences, and the history of this great species. These techniques aren’t just about catching Pike, they’re specifically designed to target the true monsters of the deep, the 20 pound plus fish that Paul has spent his life hunting. The show follows Paul as he fishes gravel pits with dead baits and river weir pools jerking dead Trout, before sitting down to talk through the intricacies of his tackle and theories. Paul finally visits legendary author and Pike expert Fred Buller to tell tales of historical specimens reaching in excess of 90 pounds!
In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler, Ant Glascoe Jnr shows us some of the great lure fishing to be found in his hometown of Manchester. He starts on a small lake in the middle of a housing estate that he used to fish as a kid and knows to hold some good Pike. As its mid summer and with a fair bit of weed growth, Ant's explains that his preferred tactics are to use are weedless frogs and rats here, skipping them in and out of the lily pads and making plenty of commotion. The Pike soon wake up and he gets some aggressive follows and takes. Disaster strikes that evening as the film crew's car is broken into and Ant loses a huge box of lures so its off to a local tackle shop in the am where the owner kindly lends Ant some more. He heads to Salford Quays and finds some action in the myriad of canals and waterways with some lively Perch on ultra light tackle. This is a great insight into the marvelous fishing available in the city if you're prepared to look.
In this series of short videos, pike fishing expert, Eddie Turner passes on some fantastic tips, tricks and advice to help make you a better pike angler.
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At the beginning of the movie Gordon P Henriksen asks "Why Pike?" The answer is obvious when we join Gordon on a series of challenging and exciting fishing trips. Different methods are shown and we learn a great deal when Gordon explains about fishing with big spinners and small jerkbaits while catching fish.
In Sweden, Gordon is joined by the pike expert Stefan "Trumman" Trumstedt, who shows his favourite methods and techniques when fishing with jerbaits - and he also shows us how to catch the big pike.
We see the action of the different lures underwater when they are fished effectively. The underwater cameras also reveal new secrets about pike behaviour. Secrets that we pike fishermen can learn a great deal from.
It is a visual film, that gives us both intense fishing situations as well as lots of practical tips.
A unique journey into the life of our most revered freshwater predator. The Pike (Esox Lucius) has gathered notoriety through Myth and Legend for generations, from the Emperor's Pike, a 19ft / 550 pound beast, to creatures that deavour children and horses. Remarkable stories like these have spawned the Pikes now infamous character. This ground breaking film looks into the private world of the Pike and other freshwater characters revealing predation and courting scenes normally hidden from human eyes.
It's early January and Des is Pike fishing on one of his favourite lakes at Weston Park in Shropshire. Des arrives early to find the lake blanketed in mist, and as the sun breaks, he reflects on what a perfect winter Pike fishing day he's blessed to be out in. Des starts off by showing us how he puts together his ledgering rig and how he likes to hook up the Smelt and Pollan dead baits he prefers to use on lakes like this. After casting out the dead bait, Des shows us the importance of being ready to deal with a Pike once landed, with an unhooking mat, long pliers, cutters and water all essential items that should be ready and to hand. With no early action on the ledger, Des notices some Pike working near the surface, so decides to put a float rod out to target them and try and get a bite. The tactic pays off and Des is soon into a feisty Pike which he duly lands and demonstrates how easy it is to unhook. It's not long before the ledger rod starts beeping and Des is into a strong double figure Pike to end the session on Weston Park Lake.
This is a great film, showing how to approach a day's winter piking for the best chance of success
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In this short film about gravel pit pike fishing Eddie Turner is with friend, Bill Hancock and outlines his approach on these venues. Its late in the season and the pike aren't easy to catch but with a little homework and watercraft, a cold unlikley day can turn into a productive one.
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In Pike Secrets 2 we go even further into the world of pike fishing. Gordon P Henriksen takes on a series of fishing trips with experienced fishermen. We go trolling for pike in Denmark with Christian Møller, who explains how to find and catch pike on big lakes.
Frederic Julian from France is a predator specialist and shows us how and why he fishes with swimbaits. We see exactly how the lures act underwater.
In Rugen, Northern Germany we are joined by Robert Balkow, a local guider and expert, who tells how to have success with softbaits for big pike.
Many nice pike are caught in this inspiring movie. It will make you want to get out there and experiment with techniques and catch more pike yourself.
Hosts Rae Borras and Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott enjoy a winter's day pike fishing on Wraysbury Lake near London, more famous as a Carp venue. We sample the highlights of one of Chilly's best ever sessions carp fishing. Nick Hart takes us fly fishing from a boat on a typical large stillwater and there are tips for the sea anglers and match enthusiasts.
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Gordon P. Henriksen is hooked on pike fishing. Join him on lots of fishing trips in various types of waters where he will share all his best tips with you. We will be fishing from the shore, a belly boat and a boat. Gordon catches a lot of pike and continuously gives pointers on how to fish more effectively. He will talk about flies, tactics and fishing techniques. The casting instructor Lars Chr. Bentsen gives valuable tips about fly tackle, lines and leaders. We see which flies Gordon uses in many different situations and also take a closer look at how the fly moves under water. The film shows groundbreaking footage of underwater popper fishing. You will see up close how pikes strike poppers from above and below the surface. Enjoy a film filled with thrilling action, huge pikes and the best tips for becoming a better fisherman when fishing for the big ferocious pike.
Float legering for pike is a well known deadly method and Eddie Turner shows how to tie up his favoured float leger set-up, including tackle, accessories and bait advice. As pike hunt by both sight and smell, Eddie likes to enhance his dead baits with fish oils to increase his chances and shows how us how to apply these oils.
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This has been my most successful pike fly over the past couple of seasons. Although it looks rather bulky, because it is created using backtying, it is light and easy to cast. The predominently pink colours make it irresistible.
The art of fishing weedless crayfish lures is relatively new to British waters but fishing guide, Andy Hine is here to give you his wealth of experience of how to fish with these squishy crustaceans. Andy gives insight into every detail of how to rig, cast and set the hook when using these kinds of baits as he targets perch, pike and chub on the Great Ouse river. In this video Andy proves that this devastating method can on its day be the difference between hero or zero and will have novice and experienced lure anglers casting weedless crayfish lures in thick structure for some chunky predators.
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