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.