A must-have bait in every pike anglers cool box. Large smelt are ideal for Pike and specimen Zander.
These small estuarine fish have accounted for a huge number of pike and zander over the years and have several things in their favour:
Tough skin means they can be cast long distances and even used for wobbling and sink-and-draw style fishing
Unique ‘cucumber-like’ smell, that predators find irresistible
Pale colour stands out well and can be seen from distance, also perfect for dyeing with Bait Dyes.
Easy to pop-up using Pike Pro Bait Poppers
Smelt are one of the most versatile of all pike baits. When ledgering or poppin-up fish with upper treble in the tail of the bait and the lower treble in the top of the body. When fishing sink and draw, or in rivers, fish ‘head-up’ the trace, with the top hook through both jaws and the lower hook in the flank. When fishing on a float paternoster or drifter, fish with the top treble just on front of the dorsal fin and the lower treble under the chin.
The Maxi Smelt are ideal for anglers looking to target BIG pike measuring around 8in. Ideal for anglers fishing the bigger reservoirs, where coloured water often means that other deadbaits do not stand out as well. These bright fresh maxi-smelt are amongst of best big-pike catchers.