All methods have been tested and work.
Please tell me how they work for you, any problems you have or other questions about it.
Step 1: THE GEAR
THE ROD:any rod over 8foot that is fairly strong is okay
THE REEL:the reel isn't that important as long as it has a tension meter and a rear drag system.
THE LINE AND LURE:I would recommend 20 pound line along with a trace but you could use lighter line with a trace. I think the best lure for pike is a silver or bronze spoon or similar spinner.
TOOLS:A long nose pliers is good for getting out hooks and there's a tool that will hold the pikes mouth open so you can get the hook out.
Step 2: Where to Fish
Pike like to hang around weed beds where they can hide and then shoot out unexpectedly. You should cast your spinner as near as you can to the weed bed but try not to put it into it.
I find in rivers that pike like to stay in the bends I don't know why but they do.