Live baiting can be a spectacular way to weed out the smaller fish and catch the nice size fish as well as dead baiting.
Live baiting can sometimes be an essential way to find bigger fish and beat your PB. The best live baits for pike and perch are roach in varied sizes, the roach is decently easy to catch with floats but I prefer to use a single small hook and a little bit of bread, especially in clear water watching the fish come up and take nibbles out of the bread then finally getting bit awesome fun!
I used a fly rd for this session because I don’t have a rod that can cast a free lined hook but this can be done with any sort of rod, fly is the best tho LOL.
the way I like to keep my live baits are in a large carp net or a keep net then I rig them with a float and a single treble through the nose or dorsal, if your ok with live baiting it is definitely something to try as you can find some good fish and see where the pike like to hold up. it can be a good idea to use it in the autumn when searching for pike winter holding spots.