One of my favorite fish species to target are Northern Pike. I have enjoyed catching them in southern Ontario, throughout Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, northern BC, Alaska and even in Finland.
I appreciate their predatorial qualities, ambush tactics and their teeth-studded mouths! Hooking small pike are fun, hooking big pike over 40″ a challenge!
Over the years I have caught them on live bait, spoons, spinners, soft-plastics, flies and body baits. I must admit that one of my favorite Pike lures has been the Jointed Rapala series and especially in the fluorescent orange color.
No fancy retrieve required. Just cast it our and either let it run shallow by holding the rod tip up or allow it to dive and just keep reeling slowly. The Jointed series has a tantalizing “broken-body” action that Pike can’t resist. You can cast and retrieve it or troll it. The smaller sizes work great for “hammer-handles” and the larger size right up to a Jointed #13 that will dive down to 15′.