Originally Posted by Jwood 456
There are two spots that usually produce good for me. The first spot is the big bay just east of the Sundance Plant. Last year I was fishing 6 FOW to 8 FOW. I caught my personal best pike out of there at around 14lbs last year. That spot is usually slow, but when I catch a pike from there it is usually at least 5lbs.
Another spot worth trying would be off of Fallis. I find that the action can be fast and furious there, though the fish seem to be smaller on average than the last spot I mentioned. I have caught numerous pike there from hammerhandles to 10 pounders. I have also seen what looked to be around 15 pounders check my hook out. I usually try from 8 FOW to 12 FOW.
The rig I usually use is a 6"+ smelt or herring on a 2once yellow jig head rigged with a 4/0 stinger hook. I usually jig the setup slowly with 4" on each stroke bouncing it on the bottom every once in a while. I get the most strikes when I freespool the line and let the setup hit the bottom. Right as i'm lifting the setup off the bottom the fish strikes.
every article I have ever read has said and from personal experience, while targetting big pike, the stiller the presentation the better. Personally i would lose the jig all together and move to a quick strike rig. Use more like 10'' herring under tip ups and if you want to jig, jig extremly light and only once every couple minutes. While watching the marcum tv i have seen time and timea again where at least a 12 lb. fish will come in and watch the bait and the second i jig ever so slighty he will take off out of the area. a lot of the time when i first set up in an area i drop down the biggest 5 o diamonds len thompson makes and jig it irratically for a minute it or two and then drop down the herring. Ive found salting the herring also makes a big difference
The spot you mentioned by sundance is holdy some monster fish. biggest out of there this season personally is 17lb and my buddy caught his personal best 26lber out of there as well this season.
good luck out there