Little is said about pike caught in drainage ditches, because these fish almost never make it to the catch record charts. Does not change the fact, that if the bait fell into a ditch, quite often a decent pike also "bumps" on it.
If anglers start talking about pike, the discussion is usually about deep and clean lakes and great predators taking only one kilogram of live bait. An angler who catches in drainage ditches and ponds has no chance, to impress with anything in such a discussion. It is so, that in small and shallow fisheries an already two-kilogram pike is a specimen. Colleagues who specialize in catching pike in various types of "sticks" and "puddles" are never ashamed, that their prey are mainly such "little ones". Why? Because catching pike in difficult conditions is much more interesting than waiting for a single catch of a big lake pike. You could say, that the angler is hunting a fish, he has to sneak up on it and pass the bait very precisely. Besides, pikes from small streams or reservoirs are very demanding opponents – are extremely careful, and sometimes they even have very strange habits.
Under the leaf of the water lily
Here are some examples. In a drainage ditch, often visited by local anglers, pretty, almost 70 cm pike chose a hunting spot under one of the large leaves of water lilies growing there rarely.
It was in a year 1992. Not only me, but also many of my colleagues tracked this fish and we all "stood on our ears", to catch her. The pike, however, was behaving very strangely. He did not react at all to the feeds being tossed to him, he also ignored all spinners, centrifuges and wobblers. If the bait fell too close to him, it immediately disappeared somewhere among the vegetation, to return to his position in a while. When I gave up hunting for "ours."” esoxa, rejoicing in the soul, that this cautious fish would survive until the next spawning, suddenly it happened – the over-two-kilogram predator swallowed unexpectedly… Dewwort, on which I was going to catch one of the links living in this ditch. The secret to ignoring normal pike lures was revealed during gutting. There were only horse leeches in the predator's stomach. This pike has specialized in hunting leeches and has therefore grown to a larger size than other pike living in the same water.
Another example. One extremely shallow and very overgrown post-pond pond has long been known for a large population of small pikes. Observing the spawning of predators with our colleagues every year, we were surprised to see fish over 70 cm. Despite strong fishing pressure and quite successful catches, however, none of us managed to catch a pike, who would have over 1.5 kg. This time I was also helped by a coincidence. In those days, most of us were fishing live, especially, spinning was almost impossible in this pond. One day. already irritated to the limit of the constant entering the weed of live animals, I decided to experiment a little. With some regret, I killed the little crucian, I put together a set with a water ball and cast the bait right in the middle of the pond (the dead fish was swimming on the surface). Then everything happened at lightning speed – for an hour and a half I caught four nice pikes, including two weighing over 2 kg. In this pond, the pikes most probably specialized in "hunting" dead fish, so often thrown into the water by anglers after finishing fishing. The fish floating on the surface did not associate predators with any danger and they took on it without hesitation..
On a rubber frog
In the hot summer of the year 1994 in my best pike drainage ditches in Pomerania, the bites suddenly ended with a knife cut off. And although pike living in small watercourses are not so sensitive to high water temperature in summer, all the ditches seemed completely fishless. The only sign of living in water as warm as soup, or rather, near the water, there were numerous frogs sheltering in the shade of the leaves from the scorching rays of the sun. One day, however, there was a turning point. My friend Tomek praised me, that he had recently had some nice pikes for the craziest lure in the world. He was fishing with the front part of a two-piece wobbler, and he adorned the hook at the back with a large scrap of yellow balloon rubber. The wonderful "wobbler" of my friend did not even have a rudder. Tom led this lure by jumping near the shore and imitating a frog. And that was what it was about, because pike at that time fed mainly on frogs. I immediately bought myself an eraser imitating a frog and returned home with the fish the very next day. All pike had frogs in their stomachs.