I know this has been gone over before, but today I went in to sprotsmans and one of the guys that worked there helped me get started pike fishing, showed me tip ups, leaders, hooks, we ant over bait choices, depth and various other things. anyway, because I had a self imposed limit of 25.00, this is what a came out with for the gear I'm using
I bought a tip up(I plan on making more, but I wanted one that I can rely on just to make sure, plus I needed a prototype), soft plastic jigs (they look like fish), and herring, I plan on using some of those single hooks that come with vibrax's to save money on hooks and I found a spool of 'ice line" last winter, I think its around 30 or 40 LB line. I figured I'd drill a hole and set the tip up out with herring (in big lake where I will probably do most of my fishing for the time being, as its close, you have to use a whole piece of bait fish, so I got the smallest herring I could, they are about 4 inches long, as I don't care if I catch a big one or a little one, just one something) and fish with another line, rigged with a soft plastic, and jig it. we'll see what happens.
I was thinking about setting the herring about 1 foot off the bottom and jigging at various depths just to see what happens. Any tips would be great as I know nothing of pike fishing and have ben real good about not spending money this winter and treated my self to some new fishing tackle.