The onset of cold weather in the fall draws cold water baitfish and toothy predators into the shallows where they’re accessible to angler’s flinging lures. Kyle Peterson takes advantage of such conditions to chunk a variety of soft and hard body swimbaits for actively feeding pike.
This casual VLOG demonstrates the power of making long casts with ultra-realistic baits that resemble natural forage. Most productive bodies of water contain several different forage species, so carrying a few different bait sizes and profiles can help you hone in the bit. Kyle runs through his box and has success using line-thru and pre-rigged swimbaits as well as glide baits.
Peterson explains the type of structures to look for on grass lakes in the fall and how Garmin Panoptix LiveScope allows you to alter your retrieve to the mood of the fish. The clear takeaway? Predator fish of all varieties love big swimbaits. While an impressive gamefish in their own right, pike lakes are a great way to have a blast while developing your swimbait fishing skills.
- Savage Gear Glide Swimmer, 8-inch
- Savage Gear Line Through Gizzard Shad
- Garmin ECHOMAP plus 106sv Chartplotter
- Garmin Panoptix Livescope System
- Savage Gear Browser Swimbait Casting Rod, 8′ Extra Heavy
- Daiwa Tatula SV TWS Casting Reel, 7.3:1
- Lew’s BB-1 Speed Spool Casting Reel
- Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon, 25lb
- Sufix 832 Braided Line, 50lb
- Terminator Single Strand Titanium Leader Wire, 20lb
- VMC Crankbait Snap, Size #3
- Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor
- Frabill Power Extend Net
- Rapala Mag Spring Pliers
- Wired2Fish Cotton Twill Hat