Pike


The Pike is a rough customer (if large) to come across, and the tackle

which is required to catch him is as rough and as terrible as himself;

he will take almost anything that is thrown to him if moved in the water

he haunts. Roving with the minnow using a float, is, I think, the nicest

way of fishing for him in deep places, but he is oftener taken by

spinning, or trolling the gorge bait, tackle which is well known to

very angler.



The pike take the larger double hook gaudy fly, in deep running places,

beyond the weeds, when there is a stiff breeze blowing and small close

rain falling, and at no other time will he look at a fly; it is useless

to try unless in a rapid stream, which is an unusual place for him to

haunt in general. Autumn is the best time for these fish. When you

prepare the trolling bait for jack or pike, have a needle to draw the

gymp through the bait, say a minnow, gudgeon, or dace, putting it in at

the mouth of the fish and out near the root of the tail; sew up the

mouth of the bait, and tie the tail part to the end of the hooks, which

has been often explained before. Throw it in sideways into deep places,

letting it sink a foot or two, and draw it in pretty quick towards you,

and when the fish makes a run to take it, give him a little time; when

your line begins to shiver and shake and he moves off, raise your hand

and anchor the hook in him; if he is a small one whip him out of the

water with your stiff and patent line at your feet, if a large one play

him as you would a salmon, keep his head well up and draw him through

the weeds if any and gaff him quickly.



The best rods to use for trolling are made of the toughest hickory, as

the cane often gives way with a large fish; upright rings, and prepared

silk and hair line, with reel to suit the rod, forty yards, if the place

you angle in is not very broad, will be sufficient; and when fishing in

a boat with a salmon rod, if there is a chance of pike fishing in lakes

when the salmon will not take the fly, using the short top would be

found stiff enough, that is, when you have not a trolling rod with you

in the boat.



The large flexible minnow would be a capital bait for jack in lakes or

deep rivers; and the glass minnow is also good. These fish rush at very

bright imitations of the natural fish bait best, and a good size white

trout would be a valuable little fish to throw for him--a large size

dace is also good. These baits could be preserved in whiskey for weeks.

They preserve fry and sprats in Scotland in this way for salmon or pike

fishing. The old fishermen in the north say that "sprats" are the fry of

the herring. I am persuaded that they would be excellent bait for

salmon, preserved so as to keep their brilliancy. The Paternoster Tackle

cannot fail to suit the purpose of those who prefer angling in a punt

for jack at the sides of large streams near the bank where there are

alders or willows growing, overhanging the water, with a gravelly

bottom. Nice plump bright minnows are the best, or large size gudgeons;

the hooks No. 4 or 5, mounted on gymp.



Note. The best trolling rods, spinning, and bait rods, with trolling

tackle of the strongest sort; minnow tackle, gut hooks, gymp hooks,

treble and double hooks, gorge and snap hooks, and every sort of the

best hooks and tackle to suit trolling, spinning, and bait fishing, to

be had at my shop, 54, Dean Street, Soho, London. Try my spinning trace,

half twisted and half single salmon gut, mounted with swivels and large

shot, for large trout or salmon.



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