Nearly every angler goes through that stage of becoming a little too concerned (obsessed) about catching the “big one”. I admit to doing this on numerous occasions and to varying degrees but I believe it is an exercise that really helps you to progress as an angler. When it comes to Pike (or any predator) gearing up for the possibility of that 20lb’er automatically kicks in and finesse goes out the window. Have you ever thought about targeting pike under 5lb on lures?
It sounds dumb to some but I bet you learn more in one session than you would in several fishing your “normal” way. Why? Fishing this way forces you to achieve the following, Finesses, Focus and Clarity. I am not going to suggest you start trying to levitate and burn incense but lets break it down.
Finesse – extreme delicacy or subtlety in action.
You want to catch small then you are going to have to think small. You need to change your game plan. In this miniature world there is no place for huge lures, size 6 trebles, broom sticks and lures that create 10inch bow waves. Going as fine as one dares (and water rules allow) is the order of the day but with fish safety in mind. A very light lure rod that still has plenty of beans in the butt should I hook into something more substantial was my weapon of choice. It is extremely difficult to muster any control or precision over those smaller lures if using a heavy rod. Soft plastics are perfect for this style of light fishing, they come in a huge array of sizes / colours along with the bonus of being able to fish them weedless. I have the gear but now what?
Focus – to concentrate: to focus one’s thoughts.
That 3inch soft plastic lure is a lot harder to bring to life than its 9inch inch big brother. Every twitch of the rod, twist of the reel needs to be a lot more calculated, timed, and skillfully executed. Fishing at such a scale forces me to focus on forming that direct link between me and the lure. As I eventually start to breath life into that flaccid lump of plastic everything starts to fall into place, a piece of evolutionary perfection lunges out of nowhere and smashes that lure.
Clarity – clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.
That moment of clarity comes after Finesse and Focus has been achieved. The fish start come thick and fast and as larger fish are hooked the feeling of being totally out of control hits home reminds me why I started fishing in the first place. Being force to adopt this super delicate and focused approach gives clarity by making me realise this is how I should be fishing all the time.
Get out there and give tiddler bashing a go. I can guarantee you will learn a great deal about your fishing and pike. Apply this approach to all your fishing and your catch rate will improve no end (not guaranteed :p).
Even better when you get an unexpected surprise like this:
This post is in no way supposed to sound as phallic as it does