Big pikes do not always lurk far from the shore. Many good places are within our reach.
Naturally I have long casting rods and reels with a capacity 300 m of fishing line, to penetrate places far from the shore. But one thing is for sure: for one pike standing in the distance 100 m has at least one, who waits crouching at a distance less than 10 m from the shore. Especially after the end of the grace period, when the shore was quiet for a long time, pikes stay in natural hideouts, and these are most often near the shore. We often sit comfortably on adjustable fishing chairs, modern carbon fishing rods lie in front of us and we fish so far from the shore, that even before 10 it would have been impossible for years. Suddenly, a beginner angler appears over the water and catches a "thick fish" in front of our eyes, a few meters from the shore. Pike likes hiding places and we should never forget about it. He is looking for a place among the reeds, water lilies, branch, trees, stones, to be able to hide. Such sites are often found close to the shore. Often these fish are much closer to the shore, which I had the opportunity to observe many times. In the drawings we see some classic pike spots, especially interesting for fishermen with "strong nerves". I know from my own experience, that one method is especially suitable for fishing close to the shore, namely, lowering and lifting a dead fish. In Poland, this method is forbidden. This is a very effective method, but rarely used by ethical anglers. Of course you have to be very careful to the shore, because with one careless step we can scare the fish of our dreams.
Not only eels and perches hide between the stone blocks of the water dam or in the crevices of the coastal wall. These are also good pike sites.
River banks are often washed out. Such places are eagerly inhabited by pike. Let's remember these places in the summer (low water level). It will come in handy in the fall.
Near obstacles such as weirs, often so-called "floating carpets" form from this, what is brought by the water current. And here it pays off to cast a pike bait.
The belts between the reed and water lilies are classic pike sites in lakes. We approach such places quietly.
Who will think when spreading equipment on the pier, that a large pike can stand right under our feet. He can check?
There are many fish among the branches of the sunken trees, also pike. In this case, it becomes indispensable to use thicker lines and steel leaders.