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Old 06-30-2020, 07:31 PM
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I watched a couple of youtube videos on Pike fishing in the Passaic and was really intrigued. I went to Passaic River Park and just went for it. I missed one who was really aggressive and hit my bait 3 times. (I was standing on a tree and it was about 3 foot from the bank.) I found it to be really hard to bank fish and the river was really small where I was. Anyone have any experience there and help a guy out? I've always been a bass guy and would love to land a pike.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:33 PM
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I watched a couple of youtube videos on Pike fishing in the Passaic and was really intrigued. I went to Passaic River Park and just went for it. I missed one who was really aggressive and hit my bait 3 times. (I was standing on a tree and it was about 3 foot from the bank.) I found it to be really hard to bank fish and the river was really small where I was. Anyone have any experience there and help a guy out? I've always been a bass guy and would love to land a pike.
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wire leaders, any bass lures, and try different spots, you can head more downstream for more water, it's low right now. Try spots where it's wooded and not grassy from satellite imagery. Fortunately the tree canopies are thick along the passaic, as well as frequent flooding, so and it limits growth of nasty jungle crap on the bottom terrain (as far as i understand) and therefore those stretches are easy to walk through.

Id suggest barbless hooks, long pliers, and a rubber landing net too. Unhooking pike is a pain in the @##!
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Old 07-06-2020, 04:32 PM
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Be prepared to handle something with teeth up to 40". Wire or 50lb+ fluorocarbon leader are mandatory. They go apeshit when hooked, so a net is definitely smart. They are literally everywhere in the river, I've caught them as far downstream as Newark and I know guys who catch them as far upstream as near the headwaters. Pools and laydowns are your best bet.
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echoing skunk. they are a real handful and will cut you to shreds. stay away from boga grips as the fish will literally tear its jaw off a net is your best friend.

i use only single hook lures (swim baits, spinner baits, swim jigs, etc) with the barb pinched to make unhooking easier. you are asking for trouble with treble hooks.

one of my favorite NJ fisheries good luck
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I just started fishing the Passaic River for pike this year. Absolutely awesome fish. I have been fishing the river near Florham Park and have caught pike up to 28 inches but my goal is to catch one over 30 inches. I have hit the stretch pretty hard and they are all 20 to 28 inches, so I guess I need to move upstream or downstream to see if I can beat my PB.

Leader material and a net are both a must (just like they stated above).
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