When asked what my favourite season is i always reply with autumn. Yes spring brings the most drastic change of all with the brag browns replaced with such vivid and bright yellows of the daffs and the freshness that comes with the green grass and first leaves on the trees. That is in itself a magical season but for me Autumn is where its at.
The sycamores, always first leaves to go, start to turn that dark yellow and dry crispy brown tips appear on their leaves as they prepare to jettison their leaves before the strong autumn winds arrive to free them of their mahogany shiny fruits and amongst the vast lines of sycamores you always seem to get that one maple tree who's leaves turn the most magnificent shade of vibrant red, i love the colours of autumn as much as i love the exceptional fishing it offers.
The midway point in September and my mind definitely is on two species and that is roach and pike. The pike season is just within touching distance and you can almost imagine the biting cold on your face and the smell of the pike pro rotting leaves in your nostrils as you begin to prepare your pike gear for the season ahead.
For seasoned pikers its the start of the continuation of last years hard work, walking the same paths hoping to find them pike just a bit bigger but for others it can be a time where pictures of pike can inspire them to want to get out pike fishing for the first time and its these that this blog is really aimed at.
Last year i produced 19 pike and this year started off with the same gusto in this the first session of 2018 season
Some of us are fortunate that we have other people to take them and show them the ropes but that is not the case for many, for some its a case or trying to learn online and put that in practice on the bank so in this blog i will cover a simple float set up i use on Rivers, Canals and Stillwaters. The rig is sensitive enough to show early bite detection and versatile enough to use on many different venues and that rig is the Simple Float Ledger Rig
Simple Float Rig For Pike Fishing:
Fox Inline 18 Gram Slider Float
Fox Stubby 18gram Sinker
Fox Kwik-Change Swivel
18inch Wire Trace (link to how to make own traces video: )
- Just what i use for my piking, some go lighter some go heavier
- 2.75lb Test Curve Carp rod
- Shimano 6000 Size Reel
- 60lb Esox Piker Braid
- 40lb Breaking strain wire trace
Slide the float stop onto your braid and slid it up out of the way. Thread two beads onto your line and then thread your float onto the braid as well. Next is the Stubby sinker and finally i tie a Palomar knot to attach the swivel to the complete the rig.
For the next part we head off tot he bank to see how i use this rig in many situations and how i set it up for float fishing a dead bait on the bottom or suspended, so lets head over to the bank to see this rig in action.
So as you can see in that video blog above the rig can be used to suspend a bait off the bottom of fish a bait hard on the bottom of the venue. If you are fishing a river with more flow simply up the weights of the float and the weight you use as the basic mechanics of the rig will still work.
I hope this blog update helped you out if you are new to piking and tight lines for the coming season. If you do read this and put it in practice please feel free to follow the blog on facebook and post your catches on there.
tight lines and i will catch you soon