My favorite way to catch shallow-water spring Pike is to use twitch-baits. Jeff Wood has also discovered how versatile using the Rapala X-Rap can be simply cast or trolled from a kayak out from shallow-water shorelines.
The X-Rap is one of those lures that can be fished near the surface and also down to almost 10′. It’s plastic body is tough and the special tinsel tail flash really triggers fish into striking.
If I’m fishing a small weed area I’ll cast it and twitch it. If I need to cover a large weed flat I troll slowly over the entire area. The X-Rap has such a nice bobble that you don’t need to troll fast to get strikes.
Even fishing from a kayak an paddling/peddling slowly can produce lots of strikes.
It’s a great lure to cast from shore or fish from a boat. I love using lures that enable you to fish the shallow water column, that look life-line and that have a great swimming action. Looks like Pike like them too!