I will keep it simple so no one gets upset. If your a die hard shore fisherman like myself then you have already developed a deep patience level. When looking for early season pike you must keep several things in mind. Temp, Structure, wind, and presentation. Locating structure is a key factor that i have used over the years to catch alot of trophy fish. Once you locate structure you must know what presentations will work to provoke a strike. Try making long cast past the target and retrivieing past the structure all the way back to the bank. Don't give up for alot of pike strike right when you think its too late. It will scare the hell out of you if your fishing for them at night. You can't see your bait and then right when you reel it up to the bank a big 30 plus inch pike comes right up and flashes trying to get the lure. Im talking within 7 foot or so of your feet. Its exciting. But remember to make alot of casts back to the same target to make sure the pike has a visual on the lure. sometimes i will miss a fish and continue to cast right back where he was before and that will entice the second strike. Once you have the fish hooked try and play him some drag since they will make sudden dashes and runs. But also, try and have some heavy duty equipment so you don't get taken down in the weeds and lose a trophy fish. I lost a 40 icher yesterday on 8 pound test, I had my medium action rod and I hooked up with this fish and he took me down on the bottom back in his weed bed and i started seeing weeds and mud all coming to the surface. I kept pressure on the fish but my equipment couldn't help me with him down in the bed.. He shook off down there and did'nt see him again. Ill get him in a day or so.. Good luck guys keep these things in mind and you will be fine..