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Reel in Some Late Winter Pike

Category: fishing tips

 Feb 13th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  365

Modified Feb 13th, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Reel in Some Late Winter Pike
Sam Ubl 02/11/2019

Above photo courtesy of WDH Guide Service

Ice fishing for pike and chasing flags all day can be a riot. But lots of action usually means weeding through a lot of smaller fish to eventually pull in a trophy. When the action is hot, your hands get cold. That’s the trade-off. Handling wet braided tip-up line in freezing temperatures, unhooking, observing, releasing, and re-baiting all require a touch of the hands. When it’s bitter cold outside, sometimes the thrill of action can wear off as quick as it showed up.

Targeting bigger fish often means catching less, but the reward can be well worth the wait. Late winter ice fishing is one of the best times of the year to catch trophy pike. Let’s explore the why, when, and where to get in on the action and what to use.

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