Hello everyone, First of all I would like to introduce myself since I just recently joined the forum. I live in Toronto and have been fishing for almost 3 years now. I didn't really get into lure fishing until last year( always used a worm with bobber before). Now, I have purchased all kinds of lures ranging from small jigs to big jerk baits. I mainly fish at a local pond. I have been reading past threads about fishing at the toronto islands lately. I have never caught a pike before so I thought the islands would be a good place to start for pike. I went there on Friday after June 17. The weather was fantastic. Walked straight down from the centre island ferry to the big channel in the middle of the island. As soon as I got there, I spotted a HUGE largemouth bass. Too bad it wasn't June 25th instead. Saw another smaller bass a few minutes later. I started fishing at 4pm and ended at 9pm. I got skunked. Not a single bite! I mainly used spinners and jerk baits. I was retrieving at medium speed non-stop. I also went yesterday afternoon (june 23). Started from the center island and made my to ward's island. It rained hard for a bit then stopped. Saw a bunch of carp. I also spotted a few pike. This time, I changed the retreiving style to a medium speed twich. I used a black fury and a bunch of different rapala jerk baits. Another 6 HOURS of no fish.. What am I doing wrong? I know that the pike are there... but they don't seem to bite my baits . I am thinking that its my retreive style. I would greatly appreciate it if you guys provide with me with some input. Perhaps if you can mention your most successful bait and retrieve style. Thanks
It sounds like you're doing everything right you changed up your speed and tactic. Did you try burning any lures past it really fast? Or dead sticking a rapala right in front of it? My best bait the last few years has been a rapala glidin rap at a moderate to fast retrieve, with lots of twitching, each twitch swings the lure back and forth but the lure only moves about 3" (towards me) or less per twitch giving me more action and time in the strike zone.
Hey jwn, I didn't get a chance to burn the bait. I tried dead sticking the bait right in front of it, but it ignored the bait and swam away. I will definitely try your way of retrieving next time. What kind of retrieve do you suggest for spoons and spinners?Thanks in advance.
I like the hot olive most I think, but I always buy one bright colour and one natural pattern when I get a new lure. The bluegil pattern they have looks fantastic.I don't think email updates for threads are automatic.
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