It is better to fish with the right method for an hour, than with the wrong method for a day.
whether it’s ‘hotspots’, ‘holding areas’ or ‘lairs’, the fact remains that if you fish spots such as these, you will end up having consistent sport. They only stop producing when they’ve been fished a bit too much, and the pike take residence in a less favoured, undisturbed area.
What do you do if you are struggling on a very big pit?
One proven tactic is to tie a deadbait to a float using cotton thread, but in these days of ‘rage against plastic pollution’, you need to find an environmentally friendly float. A small off-cut from an untreated plank will degrade eventually, and will not persist like polystyrene. Drop the marker and the deadbait in areas that you think might be worthwhile, and wait until one disappears.
Another method is to wobble a deadbait, a method hardly used these days. You can cover a lot of water, making a note of the areas where you get a take, for future sessions.
Small waters should be one of your targets. This tired-looking 31-pounder came from a water that is under an acre in size.
A bait cage and bait tube, for retaining livebaits caught from the venue that you are fishing.