Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

1 Early in the pike sea­son, when the wa­ter is still rel­a­tively warm, don’t ne­glect the shal­lows – even 2ft of wa­ter is enough to hold a big pike.

2 Un­der­stand the depth and weed sit­u­a­tion in front of you and pick a lure ac­cord­ingly, not just your favourite. The vane on the front will dic­tate the depth to which it dives.

3 I do best with dull coloured lures that rely on cre­at­ing a strong sil­hou­ette. I will only use coloured ver­sions when the wa­ter is coloured.

4 Rub­ber jig-style baits are great, but use­less in weed. They work best bounced across the bot­tom.

5 A peaked cap and a pair of po­larised glasses are es­sen­tial to spot any fol­lows. And don’t for­get the life jacket – no pike is worth risk­ing your life for.

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