I just wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some proper equipment for northern pike fishing. Yes, a lot of getting that monster pike depends on proper navigation and a bit of luck. But, I think I read once that luck occurs when proper preparation meets opportunity – and equipment has a lot of stake in your preparation.
So, as far as your rod goes, you’ll want have it around 7′. You’ll want the rod to be pretty strong in the bottom half and a little give toward the top. This will afford you the ability of a proper cast, but that strong bottom half will ensure that you can put up a fight against some of the more resilient fish!
Make sure that your reel has a lot of integrity and dependability with a nice smooth drag. According to Bass Pro, you’ll want a “gear ratio of 6.3:1 or 7.0:1 … as this will allow you to burn bucktails or spinnerbaits back to the boat in an effortless manner.”
You can take a look through that article for some other good advice, especially for the beginners out there. Keep in mind that different things work for different people. Generally, the ideas in the article are well-accepted.
But, I always remember my friend from high school who played basketball. He always made his free throw shots better than anyone else I knew, yet, according to traditional form, he had it all wrong. People would always tell him that he was shooting wrong and he’d ask, “Then why do my shots go in?”
So, if you know a fishing guide or some sort of guru who uses other equipment methods, consider their advice as well. If not, consider the advice from Bass Pro and get yourself a trophy northern pike this season!