With the constant influx of new pike fishing lures, it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not. In this article, we will be giving you an insight to the hottest pike lures of 2019 and what has made them so successful.

Number 1

Strike Pro Pig Shad

Pig shad

The Pig Shad is a soft-plastic shad that is inspired by the classic jerkbait – The Pig. This bait really has taken the UK pike lure scene by storm. After being heavily promoted by various Scandinavian fishing media channels. The success rate of this lure, speaks for itself.

The Pig Shad has a very seductive rolling action while the head of the lure rocks from side to side. The tail paddles and twists. This action is very unique to this lure and can be worked efficiently even at the slowest of retrieve speeds. A perfect imitation of an injured baitfish that slowly trudges forward in its death throes, the Pig Shad can be identified by its unique profile that resembles a fat baitfish. It can be rigged in many different ways, allowing you to present the bait in shallow or deeper water.

The 20cm 50gram model is our go-to choice.

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Number 2

RAPALA X RAP PETO

rapala x-rap peto

With Rapala being one of the most recognisable lure brands in the world, they had to up their game if they wanted to follow in the footsteps of their iconic Super Shad Rap! Guess what? They certainly did that!

The X Rap Peto is a stunning hybrid lure that offers the durability of a hard bait and the suppleness and action of a soft plastic bait.  With its slow sink rate and perfectly horizontal fall, the Peto is the ideal choice for challenging conditions. The tail kicks with a wide action when retrieved and can be worked at the slowest of retrieval speeds. The X-Rap Peto was the lure that seen Team Rapala win PikeFight, on one of Sweden’s biggest pike competitions, and since then has accrued a list of very big pike captures. A must have for any serious lure angler.

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Number 3

STRIKE PRO BUSTER JERK

strike pro buster jerk
A truly classic bait that always makes a comeback appearance year after year. This ABS moulded plastic jerkbait, has all the attributes of a great pike lure. At the end of each jerk/twitch the lure produces a mesmerising body roll which looks like a distressed fish. It darts left to right in a very unpredictable manner and to top it all off, it sports an internal rattle that acts as an extra trigger mechanism. The Buster Jerk is a classic jerkbait that should be part of any lure anglers armoury.

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Number 4

FOX RAGE REPLICANT (Shallow)

fox rage replicant shallow
A classic lure that has been further improved. The Replicant has an iconic following amongst pike anglers. With a tantalising body roll and a big thumping paddle tail that displaces a lot of water, makes this a very attractive pike snack. The deeper body profile makes it highly visible in the water and moves a lot of water on the retrieve. We really like the new shallow version, which has an external rigging system that helps prolong the life of the bait. Now you can burn this iconic bait over shallow weeded areas.

We highly recommend the 23cm version.

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Number 5

RAPALA SUPER SHADOW RAP

rapala super shadow rap
Yes, Rapala have made our Top 2018 pike lures, twice! This time with the award-winning and new Shadow Rap, a deep bodied crankbait that can be straight retrieved, jerked and paused. This stunning lure offers something different to the table due to its profile. A quick retrieve will see the lure aggressively belly roll from one side to the other. Slowing the retrieve down will see a more subtle action and on the pause, the lure will slowly slide away into the depths. Coming in at 16cm and 77 grams, this is one big bad crankbait and we love it!

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Number 6

STORM RIP JERK

storm r.i.p seeker jerk

The only tail bait to make it to the list is Storm’s RIP Jerk, this unique lure worked quickly can have it gliding from left to right like a jerkbait and on a slow straight retrieve will see a subtle body roll. The great thing about the RIP Jerk is the solid body, which allows the lure to suspend on the pause, keeping you in the trigger zone longer. A very underrated lure that has started to gain popularity due to its versatility.

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Number 7

STORM RIP ROACH

Storm RIP roach

Storm have certainly upped their game when it comes to pike lures. The Storm RIP Roach is a very unique soft plastic lure, with its deep body profile and very subtle tail action. The RIP Roach is the perfect lure for those lethargic cold water pike. A lure that has been slaying big pike all over Europe, this lure is a must-have for any serious lure angler.

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Number 8

WESTIN MONSTERVIBE

westin monstervibe spinnerbait

The Westin Monstervibe Willow is a super effective lure with a weedless design which makes it easy to fish in heavy cover.

Sometimes it takes a monster to catch a monster and this is exactly what this lure has been designed for! There has also been a RingTeez CT attached onto the trailer hook, giving it the benefits of several lure styles all in one.

With a simple cast and retrieve you will create chaos under the water and will have predator species fighting over who gets it first! Featured on this lure are superior silicone skirts and Japanese Style X-strong carbon steel hooks which will provide anglers with increased hooking capabilities.

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