When targeting pike, using conventional banksticks, about 2-3 feet long, can be very beneficial. These sticks serve as a rod rest and, with the addition of butt grips, can prevent your rod from being dragged into the water by a strong pike. Banksticks are particularly useful in float fishing, where they help indicate when a fish has taken the bait.
To set up a Locslide or Polaris float rig, begin by threading the Locslide float onto your mainline. This setup is ideal for beginners and does not require complex rigs. The choice of float can vary based on the fishing conditions. For instance, in windy conditions or when fishing at range, a high-vis orange vane float can be effective for spotting drifts.
Pike anglers often prefer pencil-shaped floats for their efficiency. Durable and robust, these floats are designed to withstand the rigors of pike fishing, as evidenced by models that have survived attacks from pikes, leaving tooth marks as a testament to their quality and durability.