seen quite a few threads where people have gone pike fishing at places where the pike bite is fairly good. But they are still reporting they didn't catch anything.
Are you sure you didn't get bit and miss it? I ask because it seems a lot of folks are trolling and I'm also assuming quite a few are using cranks or some sort of lure that requires a straight retrieve.
Here is something I've noticed about pike with lures that come back in a mostly straight line. They don't always smash it. When you're retrieving your line you'll feel like a small drag or bump on your lure. Kind of like going through a thin patch of weeds or maybe the lure bouncing off something.
From my research and what the pike guys tell me, pike will often smack their target with their head instead of biting it. Apparently to stagger or stun their prey. My technique when I feel that sensation is to literally stop reeling and sure enough, that's when the real bite comes.
If you're trolling you will never ever realize you got bit in this sort of situation. Unless maybe you're holding the rod.
Maybe the real pike folks can add some input here as pike are not something I often specifically target.