- If you are considering
pike fishing always
make sure you are professionally equipped. Have a large
enough 'specimen' landing net (minimum 36" inch, 91 cm mouth)
similar to the one pictured. A selection of forceps from 7 to
12 inches in length for unhooking fish, a pair of pliers/wire
cutters in case of that emergency when you have to cut
your hooks if very deep hooked (avoid deep hooking by always
striking as soon as a pike 'runs'). A glove if you are
unsure of handling a fish with teeth. If you do not feel confident
unhooking and handling pike THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE FISHING FOR
THEM! A strong weigh sling for placing your fish into if you
intend to weigh it (this is not a dead salmon, never attach
your weigh scales to a live fishes gills for weighing). Your
weigh sling can also double up as somewhere to place your fish
for unhooking if you are surrounded by only 'rough ground', so
avoiding possible damage to your fish before its' gentle
return to the water.
A typical terminal (snap
tackle) rig for pike fishing. Two size 4 or 6 treble hooks, either
barbless or crushed. Attached to an 18" inch (min)
length of 20-30lb multi strand stainless steel trace wire. With
a size 6 swivel for attaching to your main line.
Main line breaking strain
should be around 15-18lb for Highland piking. 12lb being a little
light and sea fishing line being excessive and unsporting.
- When pike fishing, sometimes
two rods are used each using a different 'fishing method', for
instance one can be float fishing a bait while the other is legering
or perhaps even a variation in baits. This can make locating
fish on a large water a little easier. What is the chair for?
My bad back after a long session ;-)
- A fishing umbrella is sometimes
a useful accessory for rainy days! You can secure it safely with
a few tent guy ropes and pegs.
- Occasionally a little more
weather protection is required in the form of a fishing shelter.
Or perhaps even a tent/bivvie for an overnight eel session where
- What is this piece of fishing
equipment? This is the fishing van! It runs on diesel,
carries all the food you need, and even that equipment that you
will never need except in a 'survival' situation (yes, fishing
in the Highlands can be fishing on the edge) ;-). If pushed
you can even sleep in it :-).
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