Successful angling for northern pike requires specialized equipment and techniques, as well as an understanding of this predatory game fish’s seasonal movements and changes in behavior. Eight-time world record holder Jack Penny presents a complete course of instruction in fishing for northern pike, which can reach lengths of over 4 feet and weigh in excess of 40 pounds, and in North America ranges from New England through the northern plains to the Rocky Mountains, and all across Canada. This book covers tackle and equipment, lures and baits, pike behavior, fishing strategies by season, and techniques for safely releasing fish or keeping them for the table. All the information a beginner will need plus valuable tips and techniques for even the most experienced pike angler.
About the Author
Jack Penny (Newton, Iowa) is an outdoor writer and regular contributor to Esox Angler magazine. A northern pike specialist, he has set eight world line-class records while fishing for his favorite quarry.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: The Great Northern Pike1. Seasonal Movements2. Preserving the Species: Landing Methods, Removing the Hooks, Reproduction Mounts3. Proper Tools for the Job at Hand: Rods and Reels, Other Essential Equipment, Leaders4. Ice Out: Quick-Strike Rigs, Bait, Considerations When Using Quick-Strike Rigs, Locations in Lakes, Locations in Rivers5. Spring: Locations in Lakes, Locations in Rivers, Dams and Dens6. Summer: Locations in Lakes (Bays, Points, Weeds, Open Water), Locations in Rivers7. Fall: Locations in Lakes, Locations in Rivers8. Winter: The Hardwater Season, Equipment, Locations, Strategies and Tactics, A Winter Alternative9. Lure Modifications10. Throw-Back Lures11. Pike for the Table