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STRATEGIES

Pinawa Pike Classic_300_300

Basic Strategies

Everybody serious in a fishing event should have some sort of strategy,... professional or not.

Scouting and Training days

Many teams ignore those days, they might say they have fished there before,... but under what conditions?
(1)To efficiently scout an area get a map,...a physical and or GPS map (potentially with Computer software to look at it). Many “Pros” still have a physical print map in the boat to look at.
(2) Other than in the Tournament you check only for active areas, if you got a couple hits that’s enough you don't have to catch a fish.
(3) Mark spots on your map or GPS rather than with physical markers. Those markers might attract other fishermen in the competition. If you feel or know you have competitors who look out for other fishermen markers, you might actually throw some distraction markers to lead them away from your spots :).
(4) The team members should fish different lures and presentations to figure out what works.
(5) Test if you can stick to timing a spot, many fishermen spent to much time on unproductive spots!
(6) if you have friends you can do it like the pros,...sent them out for scouting and mark the spots in your GPS or on a map.

The basic two different strategies Quantity over Quality ?!

Most Pike Tournaments are in spring or late September to early November. The classic text book approach for Pike would be using bigger lures like 6 inch and up.
However in some of the bigger European Pike Tournaments where more then 1 fish made up for the total points ( in our case the total length of your five largest fish) ,.. the tournaments were won by teams not using any lures bigger than 4 inch. Its a numbers game,... sooner or later you might get a bigger one. I remember one tournament in Sweden where the winning team was fishing this way and caught on average 60 pike during each of those 3 days.

The other approach would be going “text book” meaning use big and bigger lures 10 inch and up. While it is to expect that your average size of fish will be bigger, it is risky if you do not have a total of five fish. In many similar events the overall largest fish of the event does not necessarily have to be in the top 5 ranking of teams. As example in one event a team had a 42 inch (107cm,) a 47inch (119cm) Pike and a 49inch Pike (126cm),... but just those three fish and 352 points !
The winning team had a 26inch (66cm), a 28inch (71cm), a 29inch (74cm), a 30inch (76cm) and a 32inch (81cm) which gave them a total of 368 points.

Pike tournaments of this style are typically very very tight at the top end.

My recommendation: Get 5 fish with smaller lures and than immediately switch to the big lure strategy?

Time yourself and your spot ?!

Unless there appears to be a limited number of spots due to the layout of the body of water or due to lack of spotting and or experience in the area,...many tournament anglers do fish by the clock. This does mean you do not spent more than 10, 15 or max 20 minutes in a spot where you get no hits or any reaction to your lures or baits.
For Walleye you would have the variation of timing if you fish over deep water and your electronics does show you fish you might fish 20 minutes and spent 5 Minutes on a different lure or bait. However it needs some substantial self-discipline to stick to the timing!

...anyways if you follow those recommendations you can drastically improve your “ any day ” fishing too

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