Pike Information

In this chapter my aim is to provide you with some useful information about understanding the pike, and how they can and do change their markings and appearances to suit the environment in which they reside.

The pike or [esox lucius].that we all love to catch has been reported in fossil form in East Anglia possibly up to half a million years old , which tells us all one thing, the fish is a highly successful top of the chain predator in the waters that we fish today. It has never needed to evolve any more.

The pike is armed with a formidable set of inward facing teeth on both jaws it has hundreds of needle sharp teeth on the upper palette of the mouth. The pike is a long streamline fish with its rear positioned anal and dorsal fins with a large tail to give it rapid acceleration to surprise its prey, once inside that mouth there is very little escape. Pike feed on most coarse fish dead or alive, injured as well, as small water fowl, frogs, rats, ducklings and of course all the Dead Sea baits that we throw at them. With their eyes positioned quite high on the head it makes for perfect vision for above silhouettes of bait fish and also binocular like forward vision for homing in onto their selected prey.

Spawning normally takes place around the months of march to the end of April but all this is very reliant to the weather the spawning area’s are normally regular sites each year reed beds fairly shallow water, streams good cover and weed. The male fish [jacks] can be at these sites many days before the larger females move in to spawn. Look for a piece of deep water or a shelve close by if you are just catching the jacks the bigger fish won’t be far away

There have been many debates over the past years about the removal or culling of large pike from some waters. Match and even trout anglers would rather they knocked them on the heads than to see them go back into their favorite venue ,little did they know that it was all part of the larger pikes actual presence in the water that had made their fishery what it was. With the larger fish removed from the waters some were decimated by the smaller jack pike .I think that some fisheries even reintroduced larger pike back to help slow down the predation of their course and trout stocks by the smaller pike.