Pike (Esox lucius)
Specimen weight: 9.1 kg (20 lb), River. 13.6 kg (30 lb), Lake.
Record Weight: 42lb River Barrow, 1964. 41lb Lough Ross, Crossmaglen 2002
The pike's body is streamlined, olive green in colour with a white belly. They have a large mouth containing many rows of backward pointing sharp teeth.
They spawn between February and April when water temperatures are less than 8°C. They attach their adhesive eggs to flooded grass, reeds and other vegetation. Adult pike produce between 9,000-20,000 eggs/kg. Longevity (age): Pike rarely live beyond 15 years of age.
Adult pike are pisciverious, feeding on available fish species, but invertebrates are an important part of the diet of smaller pike. Male pike rarely exceed 4.5 kg (10 lb) in weight and occasionally become part of the diet of larger female pike.
Best Angling Methods
Spinning, trolling and fly fishing; float fishing, float ledger, ledgering and sink and draw a range of deadbaits.
A range of plugs, spoons, spinners, jerk baits, pike flies and a range of small deadbaits including herring, mackerel, smelt, sprat and other sea deadbaits.
Best Times to Fish
Pike fish well all year around but are at their biggest, heaviest and hungruest coming up to spawning time. After this early spring frenzy the fishing, while still rewarding does not peak until the warmest months have ended. By September the fish have fully recovered from spawning efforts and the tiring heat of the long Summer. They feed well from now to the end of the year despite the worst of winters weather. Big oily deadbaits will tempt a slumbering pike on the coldest day of the year if you know where to find him.