A brief introduction to Irish pike angling
Best time for Pike
In Ireland the calendar is slightly different to those in other parts of the world. November, December and January are the winter months. Following this pattern through, February is actually the first month of spring.
So, after the salmonid season closes and it is October, winter isn't far away. That is the best time to catch pike.
Winter in Ireland is usually associated with short, miserable days, lots of wind and rain. But there are other ones too. Those are the days when I want to be fishing for pike.
Esox Lucius, as the fish is called in Latin, is to be found in almost every part of Ireland. In rivers and Lakes. Particularly the Erne-Shannon complex is regarded as a pike angler’s paradise. But the big predator is by no means a native species. First mentioned in the 11Th century, it is believed to have been introduced by the Normans.