First Pike

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  1. NEShooter

    NEShooter Active Member

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    Went fishing for bass and ended up with this fella. He didn't look too happy so I turned him back. He was 26 inches, shy of the 36 inch limit. I had a hell of a time getting out from under the boat dock.

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  2. joe45c

    joe45c Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    He looks pretty done in. Are you sure he made it?
     
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    Oh yeah. Soon as his mug hit the water he jetted outta my hands and back under the dock.
     
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  4. BlackEagle

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    Yep. He's too small. Too many bones, not enough meat. Let him grow another couple of years then you'll have a good fight on your hands.
     
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  5. shootbrownelk

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    I used to love catching big pike and muskies back in Wisconsin. I used to troll deep along weedlines for the big ones and the occasional big walleyes caught incidentally while targeting the pike.
     
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    Aspeck Well-Known Member

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    They are fun to catch and know how to pull on the other end of the line! Largest pike I ever caught was in northern Quebec and was over 50 inches. Lost several that were bigger ... your post brings back a lot of memories of those trips.
     
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    We don't have pike down here in the South, looks like much excitement! Are they good eatin'?
     
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    They are bony, but delicious. I learned a long time ago how to fillet Northern pike so you end up with 5 boneless fillets and all the Y bones stay with the carcass. You can probably find a tutorial on YouTube.
     
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  9. sharps4590

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    Coming from a fella who gets a kick out of a 14 inch rainbow or smallie on a 3-4 wt. bamboo fly rod, 26 inches seems enormous but, I know for a Northern it isn't. Nice fish, had to be a blast!! Well done!
     
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    Agreed. The few that i have eaten they are really good, but had to be careful of the Y bones. We didn't know how to properly fillet them just filleted them the way we did Bass and Walleye. They are good eating,but i pretty much throw them back. Biggest one i have ever caught was 38".
     
  11. drymag

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    Need a caption on the pix: "I knew I should of stayed in bed this morning."
     
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