The Norfolk Broads Network is huge, and there are miles and miles of rivers and streams, as well as large expanses of manmade lakes (i.e. Broads) where the pike could be lurking, waiting for a meal to swim by, or chasing around. If you want to catch pike from the Norfolk Broads it is up to you to go and find the pike, because if you sit and wait for them to come and find you it could be a long wait for a bite. There is a good head of pike in the Norfolk Broads, and they are present over the entire Broads network, so there is at least one thing in your favour.
Many anglers visiting the Norfolk Broads who want to catch a pike adopt a “chuck it and hope” style, and whilst you may strike it lucky and stumble across a pike or two the chances of this is quite slim. To have the best possible chance of catching a pike you need to know where to look.
There is so much choice fishing the Norfolk Broads it can be difficult to know where to start looking or the pike. The Broads is an intimidating place, even for experienced pike anglers.
A good place to start looking for pike is in the margins, i.e. close to the river bank. Pike like to hunt out small bait fish, such as roach, rudd, skimmers etc. Small fish are often found close to the bank, and by close I mean very close to the bank. If you can find a shoal of small fish the chances are there is a pike close by.
On the edge of reed beds is also another good place to look for pike. Once again, the small fish often shoal close by and near the reeds and the pike will follow them.
Another good place to look for pike is lily pads and floating vegetation. This foliage provides cover for the pike and they often lay hidden among the stems and stalks waiting for some bait fish to swim past.
Where the dykes and backwaters meet the main rivers is another holding area for pike. Once again, small bait fish seem to congregate where the dykes and rivers meet, and where there are small fish there is pike. If you can get on the bank where two bit of the Broads meet, or can moor your boat where two (or more) rivers/dykes meet you may well end up bagging a pike or two.
If you’re struggling to find the pike, or are moored up and can’t wander too far down the bank you could try and increase your chances of hooking a pike by attracting a shoal of small fish to you. Keep throwing maggots, bread, bread crumb in to the margins where you are and (hopefully) you’ll soon attract a shoal of small fish. Keep throwing the bait in to keep the fish feeding in your area and a pike may soon follow them to you. This method doesn’t always work, but it is worth a try if you’re restricted to one spot.
Technology to catch pike from the Norfolk Broads
There was a time when fish finders were expensive and only commercial fishing boats, or fishing tour guides could justify the high price tag. Times have changed, the cost of technology has fallen and fish finders are now well within financial reach. Fish finders still aren’t cheap, but they are affordable, and when you compare the cost of a fish finder to the cost of top end rods, reels and other fishing equipment, you soon realize that fish finders actually aren’t too pricey at all.
It wasn't too long ago that fish finders were only available for boats, and in order to use them the sensor had to be attached to the boat. If you are hiring a boat to fish the Norfolk Broads you don't own the boat, and I can assure you the boat yard owner won't appreciate it if you go attaching a fish finder to it.
There is now a range of fish finders available for use from terra firma, i.e. the bank. You attach the sensor of these fish finders to a spare rod, cast it out and slowly retrieve it. The sensor transmits the data about the swim (depth, water temperature, contours etc. and also whether there are any fish present.
Using a fish finder on a spare rod also means they can be used from a boat, and you won't need to attach anything to the boat. These portable, castable fish finders are the perfect tool for the Norfolk Broads and if you are coming to the Norfolk Broads with the intention of hooking a pike or two, I would suggest considering one of these fish fnders. These fish finders are accurate, affordable, and at the end of your Norfolk Broads trip you can take them home with you to use another day.
Below are some of the best portable, castable fish finders currently available.
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