Fishing for Pike
Pike may be caught with natural or artificial bait, or by trolling. Perhaps more of them are taken by trolling with a spoon bait than in any other way. The directions given for catching muskellunge will answer very well for pike, as these two fish inhabit the same waters, their habits are much the same, and the same methods of fishing may be employed for both, in fact you are as likely to catch one as the other. The tackle for pike may be lighter throughout than for muskellunge. For bait fishing a regular bait rod, good sized multiplying reel, and good weight raw silk line should be used. The Archer Spinner with large minnow bait is an excellent lure. A plain hook, an O'Shaughnessy or Pennel, No. 3/ on a pointed piano wire is good for natural bait. If a trolling spoon is used, one having a blade about 2 1/4 inches long is about the right size. In all cases there must be a short section of wire above the hook to keep the fish from biting the line.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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