As aggressive as northern pike are, many anglers think of them almost exclusively in terms of warm weather. The thing about predators that aggressive is that the need for energy to sustain them, and their appetite, doesn’t stop when the temperature drops. With some solid tips, and the addition of an underwater fishing camera, you can be slaying winter pike with the best of them, whether on ice or open water.Pre-Baiting (Chumming)
Before taking advantage of this particular killer tip, check your state regs. It’s an effective enough strategy that some states have regulated it. For a species as hungry as pike, pre-baiting, aka “chumming,” the hole you intend to fish can be the perfect way to draw them in. That also applies to fishing holes in ice and open water. The key is to keep the chumming time and species consistent. If you’re stopping by the hole after work to chum with suckers, don’t show up to fish it early Saturday morning with a tullibee rigged up. Hit the hole around the same time with the same bait, and your luck should be greatly improved.
Ice Fishing Tips
Having good gear never hurts, but good information can beat out good gear almost every outing. Learn and understand the body of water you’re fishing. In the winter, pike want food, they want the (slightly) warmer water, they want oxygen, and they want light. Find those things and you might find pike. Hunt along features—above weed-beds if they’re alive, drop-offs and ledges, submerged cover, rock mounds, and anything else that may attract the baitfish pike are hunting. If you can find a lighter section of ice, an area without snow, or a patch that seems clearer, give it a shot.
The Fishing Camera
Using an in-line fish camera underwater, whether casting or fishing an ice-hole, can prove a huge advantage in helping you hook into more pike. Not to mention, there’s nothing more fun than watching and re-watching massive pike strikes and fights from the hit to the landing. The top models of underwater fish cameras, from a brand like the GoFish Cam, for instance, can live-stream while float fishing. That can act as a kind of stand-in for a tip-up as you can watch the action on a rig. The camera can also relay the action of your bait presentation to tell you whether a flutter-spoon above the bait is working to draw pike in as it drops. When viewed after a reel-in, video from casting for pike can be used to identify water features or the local, active schools of baitfish, and record interested fish following your bait.
About GoFish Cam
A few years back, Brandon Austin was fishing a favorite hole with his brother. Unfortunately for them, the fishing wasn’t going great. They experienced a frustration common to anglers—they couldn’t see what was going on under the surface. That impulse triggered a revelation—the technology to take a look under the water exists, so why not just make it happen? With that question began the journey that would lead to the launch of GoFish Cam in 2015. The GoFish Cam is an in-line HD underwater fishing camera that provides anglers with incredible insight into their best fishing holes, intelligence on new fishing territories, a way to improve technique, and a permanent record of unforgettable strikes and epic fights. See all the fish you catch, plus all the fish you don’t catch! There’s a reason that the GoFish Cam is the top item on a “gifts for fisherman” list for any angler friend or loved one in your life.
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