If you're interested in catching pickerel they will hit a variety lures and put up a decent fight on light line. I have an ultralight, Falcon rod that I like to use with a spinning reel outfitted with 4 to 6 pound test mono. They are ambush predators and you will usually find them around heavy cover like pickerel grass, that's weird. We have caught a lot of pickerel fish on in line spinners like rooster tails, especially in the white pattern with a silver blade. This is a very fast fish and you will often see a nice wake, in the form of a V, charging your lure just before he either strikes or at the last second turns away. If he turns away, take the same lure and cast it a little further beyond your first cast. When you retrieve it, try speeding up this time with some slight twitches to add a little crippled fish action. Sometimes the faster retrieve will trigger the strike and this may be because the fish has less time to contemplate the lure.
It is a beautiful animal with different shades of green, yellow and gold and wonderful snake like "chain" pattern. Often you will catch specimens with a high amount of red pigmentation in their tail. It is one of the prettiest fresh water fish you can catch here in Florida. For the snooty fisherman out there, yes, you can still catch it on a fly the way you say God intended. It is a worthy game fish and deserves more respect. My daughter will usually prefer it over catching a bass because of how pretty they are. I am still kid myself so I enjoy catching a wide range of species using a variety of techniques. Oh, and the biggest one of these I ever saw caught down here was taken on an artificial topwater frog. Good luck and God Bless.