If you have a flipping stick, you’re already in business. A flipping stick is a great option for pike. Really, any good medium-heavy rod will do though. 50 to 80# braid and a good wire leader, and you’re set. Pike aren’t line shy in the least, so don’t worry about them seeing braid, even in clear water. A reel with a good drag is a must. Pike can take some pretty powerful runs.
Oh - lures:
Barbless is only a requirement in Manitoba, and I think you said you were going to ON…
- Spinnerbaits in white, chartreuse and black/orange blades
- Husky Jerks and X-Raps (save your expensive Lucky Crafts for bass. Pike will maul them, and they aren’t that choosy anyhow)
- Spoons are classic pike lures for a reason
- Jigs with a twister tail trailer. Swim them, and hang on.
- Buzzbaits and walk the dog topwaters can be a riot. Their aim is pretty bad with topwaters, so you’ll miss some fish, but it’s entertaining.
- If it’s tough, a jig and lizard can really save your bacon.
Have fun with the toothy critters. Big pike are a blast.