Float fishing for pike

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Are sea fishing float kits the same sort of set up for pike fishing? Or will they work for pike fishing? ( obviously using a wire trace).

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The water I'm going to fish is fairly deep so was going to fish a bait on the bottom on an alarm and use a float on the other and adjust the depth.
 

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Yes, the set on the left with the 12 gm pike float is a good all round size for pike fishing. You'll need to crimp a wire trace to the hook, or else buy a ready made trace with a hook. Tie a sliding stop knot on the reel line above the float and you're ready. It's worth buying some large specialist pliers for pike fishing, other wise unhooking can be difficult, especially with trebles.
 

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They will work fine.

I would pick one of the smaller sizes, the large sea float sizes are probably too large.
Although I am not a pike angler as such I have on occasion fished for pike but I find quite small floats adequate, those sea floats are really designed for visibility in the vast expanse of a choppy sea and even then they are often bigger than they could be. It is not really necessary on a river or a lake unless maybe your fishing far off. I am usually fishing quite close in if I fish for pike so something like a perch bobbin or a larg-ish cork slim float I have found enough for a dead bait fished on the bottom, I only want bite indication and they work perfectly well and less resistant to a taking fish which might not like that with a big float and drop the bait.
 
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Although I am not a pike angler as such I have on occasion fished for pike but I find quite small floats adequate, those sea floats are really designed for visibility in the vast expanse of a choppy sea and even then they are often bigger than they could be. It is not really necessary on a river or a lake unless maybe your fishing far off. I am usually fishing quite close in if I fish for pike so something like a perch bobbin or a larg-ish cork slim float I have found enough for a dead bite fished on the bottom, I only want bite indication and they work perfectly well and less resistant to a taking fish which might not like that with a big float and drop the bait.
Yeah I only asked about using them as I have a good 20-30 sea float kits in a box un opened. I rarely use them for sea fishing anymore so thought.....
 

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Yeah I only asked about using them as I have a good 20-30 sea float kits in a box un opened. I rarely use them for sea fishing anymore so thought.....
The best sea floats are ones I got about 1/2 inch thick and 6-8 inches long, pencil like shape and made of some sort of polystyrene, yellow tops. They would make ideal pike floats as well I would have thought, better than those big bung like floats maybe.
 

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The best sea floats are ones I got about 1/2 inch thick and 6-8 inches long, pencil like shape and made of some sort of polystyrene, yellow tops. They would make ideal pike floats as well I would have thought, better than those big bung like floats maybe.
Yeah I got some of them too. Some black plastic some compressed polystyrene
 

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The best sea floats are ones I got about 1/2 inch thick and 6-8 inches long, pencil like shape and made of some sort of polystyrene, yellow tops. They would make ideal pike floats as well I would have thought, better than those big bung like floats maybe.
I may post a couple of pics of my homemade ones if I can find them
You will want to patent them Mark.
Also got a couple of the fishing gazette style floats .
 

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I make some of my own Pike floats using balsa doweling from a model shop.

Here's how I make my own Pike bungs for supporting live baits or deadbaits presented higher up in the water.


NB: the sea hook shanks are the ones with barbs on them

I also make a few sliding floats with biro or other tubing stuck through their centres.

Ive added some dart flights to the top of one or two of my floats too in the past when I had needed my Pike bungs to drift a long way out on a windy day.

However if Im presenting deadbaits on the bottom then I'll just use the slimmer pencil type floats.

Keith
 
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Although I am not a pike angler as such I have on occasion fished for pike but I find quite small floats adequate, those sea floats are really designed for visibility in the vast expanse of a choppy sea and even then they are often bigger than they could be. It is not really necessary on a river or a lake unless maybe your fishing far off. I am usually fishing quite close in if I fish for pike so something like a perch bobbin or a larg-ish cork slim float I have found enough for a dead bait fished on the bottom, I only want bite indication and they work perfectly well and less resistant to a taking fish which might not like that with a big float and drop the bait.
I think the correct size of pike of floats is related to water conditions. In small rivers, casting ten or twenty yards, I often use an 8gm sliding float. If the river level is up and there's some turbulence, the float can be dragged under so I'll go bigger, up to about 20 gms. I've never gone above that, because I've never needed to. But some experienced anglers suggest much heavier floats for big wide rivers.
 
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