I like fishing especialy on winter seasion I learned this patience from my buddy who targets deep-water trophy pike and catches them more often than anyone I know. He drives to a sprung flag, shuts off his four-wheeler, and chats for a while. At first, I thought he was crazy, or that he’d become desensitized by all the big pike he’d landed, but then he explained himself. The longer he waits, the better the chance the pike has taken the bait (and his hook) deeply, and the better his chances of hooking the fish. With large bait, a pike sometimes grabs the tail or head, so that on its initial run the hook may not be inside the pike’s mouth. Waiting a few minutes, which often feels like an eternity, will allow the pike to take the large bait, run, and swallow.