How To Figure Eight
Pike and muskie are notorious for following lures without hitting. Next time that happens to you, try provoking a strike with a figure eight.
“Figure-Eighting” is a term used to describe a sneaky maneuver experienced pike and muskie pros use to turn followers into biters. Before these guys lift their lure out for another cast, they shove their rod tip into the water and weave it back and forth in a huge figure eight. Sometimes, fish react to the sudden change in direction by hammering the lure.
You should figure eight at the end of each and every retrieve when you're pike or muskie fishing, since a lot of fish follow along unseen. You might be surprised at how many extra fish this brings you over the course of a season.