The question is: how? Even the most occasional pike angler seems to have his or her favorite flies, lures, or tactics. One of mine is a floating, hard-bodied swimming plug, such as the Cordell Redfin that took the pike in the photo above. If the early-season sun is warm enough for the fish to be at all aggressive, I retrieve such lures in a repeating jerk-stop routine that allows the lure to float to the surface between jerks. That erratic action draws some truly awesome surface strikes.