"Mackerel is a great dead bait to catch pike, but not in the summer months!"
Dead baiting is a great way to catch large pike from the Norfolk Broads, however it is not a good method all year around. Dead bating works best in the winter months, when the pike are slow, lethargic and prefer to scavenge for food rather than actively chase it. Consequently, casting a dead fish in to the water and waiting for a hungry pike on the hunt for an easy meal is a winter pike fishing technique.
In the summer months the pike in the Norfolk Broads are more mobile and will actively chase shoals of silver fish. No one really knows whether the pike chase the silver fish because they are hungry and want to eat them, or whether they attack the silver fish because they can.
If you fish a dead bait in the summer months, and sit and wait for a pike to come along there is always the chance you could strike it lucky and catch one. There is a greater chance this method will fail than succeed. During the summer months I see many anglers dead baiting for pike, and I do feel for them. I know that many of these anglers are going to fail in their quest to catch a pike, although a few of them will succeed, which is a real shame. I am not one of those anglers that relishes watching other anglers fail, and I like to see, and want to see other anglers catch fish. So when I see a fellow angler dead baiting for pike in the summer I do feel for them.
To increase your chances of catching a summer pike from the Norfolk Broads you need to be like the pike and be active. You need to be mobile and go and find the pike, rather than wait for the pike to come and find you. If you want to maximise your chances of catching a pike in the summer months I would advise spinning or lure fishing for the pike.
Using a lure you can try and entice the pike to do what they naturally like to do during the summer months, and that is chasing and attacking small fish.
If you are planning a trip to the Norfolk Broads during the summer months and want to catch a pike please please please don’t waste your time dead baiting. Instead you need to bring a medium spinning rod and a box of lures (together with a reel, landing net, forceps and unhooking mat of course) and get walking the bank.
For some more tips and tricks on catching summer pike from the Norfolk Broads you may want to take a look at “Spinning for summer pike on the Norfolk Broads”.
Below is a summer pike spinning kit that will allow you to catch pike from the Norfolk Broads
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