Best and Worst Pike lures
in shallow slop, a weedless daredevil, or johnson silver minnow are tough to beat. frogs are fun, too, but not as durable.
i also like to run them over the tops of weeds, and along weed edges, but there are times when a spinnerbait will get more action.
for deeper water, i prefer bulldawgs. you can count it down to the desired depth, and work it like a jerk-bait or a glide-bait. they can also be jigged, or even cranked in slowly. i've caught most of my larger pike on bulldawgs.
i can't say what's overrated. i think it's more a matter of what you are confident using. plus, pike will respond to different baits depending on the body of water, time of year, and even time of day.
underrated: a small bluegill on a big hook!
After that it's Husky Jerks size 10, 12, and 14. Tandem spinner baits, doesn't seem to matter what blades. Bomber Long A's see some action, too. Buzzbaits in shallow or through the reeds. 5" - 6" jumbo swim baits over the tops of deeper weeds. Rattling Raps make the list, too, though I primarily target bass with those it's inevitable that pike end up on the end pretty consistently.
Probably my all time favorite lure to use, though, is a Spook. Perch color is killer and the strikes that it evokes are what makes it fun to fish.
Over-rated, not really sure. Seems like you can catch them on just about anything more often than not. I don't throw spoons much anymore. Just for kicks I will throw the Helicopter lure out there...
Maybe fishboy35 still has one on his phone, I know he can do such things with his hi-tech walkie talkie thing.