Episode 329: Deep Water Pike & A Touch of Flash

Today the Mercury Marine Destination takes us up to Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan.

Charlie joins up with Adam Schreiber, co-owner of Cree Lake Lodge as the two target the tremendous Pike fishing this lake offers.  Conditions change daily and today is no different, wind and cool temperatures have driven the Pike deep, but this deadly combo can still keep the rods bent, and really heat things back up again.

Then, a tried and true Lake Trout combination that has never failed for Charlie, and with a little thinking outside the box, maybe even better some days.

Species -  Northern Pike

Tackle -   Freedom Hydra Live Action jigheads, Mustad Ultra Point Big Mouth Tube Hooks, X-Zone salt impregnated 5 ½ in Mega Swammers, 50 Lb test Seaguar Smackdown 8-strand Tournament Braided line, 130 lb test Seaguar Abrazx Pike and Muskie leader material, Daiwa Lexa 300 reels with Winn grip handles, Daiwa Tatula heavy action rods, The Rod Glove rod protectors, Viking 100% waterproof jackets, pants and bibs, Costa RX Polarized sunglasses with 100% UV -A,B and C protection, Crestliner 18 ft Kodiak welded boats, 60 hp Mercury Outboard motors.

Technique -  Fishing deep drop off areas in a cold front situation. Casting out and letting the X-Zone Swammer plastic swimbait on a Freedom head, slowly sink allowing the Pike to easily intercept the slow dropping bait.  An ultra sensitive rod like the Daiwa Tatula makes subtle hits easy to detect.

Species – Lake Trout

Tackle – Daiwa Saltist 30 sized reels, 50 lb test Seaguar Threadlock braid lines, Daiwa Accudepth trolling rods, Hot Spot Agitators, Hot Spot Apex, Mustad Ultra Point Siwash hooks, Seaguar 50 lb test Fluorocarbon leaders.

Technique –  Trolling the Hot Spot Apex 4 feet behind the Hot Spot Agitator attractors. The single Mustad hook was dressed and pre tied with tinsel adding a little extra flash to the already deadly combo.

Special Thanks :   Cree Lake Lodge www.creelakelodge.com

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

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