i think im getting pretty goddamn good at this pike fishin thing! ok so upon request I will try n keep it short and use proper story structure and im also tired from fishing til 5 am so here goes. I got back from my week in maine with the fam today and I will post a trip of that cause I got some nice bass and my little 2 year old reeled in his first fish (pumpkinseed) all by himself! but other than his first fish I felt this story trumps all and needs to be told first.
I left the house around 10 pm to go pike fishing with 2 rods, one with a dead bait , the other with artificials. I had alotof action on the deat bait stick and finally set the hook on a huge snapping turtle that I ended up cutting the line after I got it to shore and then put that rod away cause i was too lazy to make a new fluoro leader so i threw lures all night long.
at around 4:00 am i decided to go home and call it quits but decided to just check one more spot with my flashlight and to my surprise saw a nice little pike looking to be around 5 lbs. not wanting to get skunkd i started throwing everything i had at it and even provoked a few bites but they all missed then the fish swam away up the spillway.
i cast up the tunnel a few times with no luck and then saw another pike swimming in the murky water in front of me so i threw a 4" strike king shadalicious swimbait with a 4/0 weighted hook in his direction and the proceeded to s*** my pants!! a monster had just came up to the surface as i was going to pull my bait to re cast and attacked my swimbait with ferocity! i set the hook on this fish no more than 3 feet in front of me in heavily stained water about 2 to 3 feet deep while standing in ankle deep water on a rock in the dark.
all hell breaks loose as this huge monster pike tail dances on the surface like flipper for literally the next 10 minutes! she was pulling very very har and making many strong surface runs trying to escape!
at precisely 4:40 am this morning i landed my new official biggest northern pike beating my old personal best by 5 lbs! measuring 39 inches and weighing in at a (for me) mind numbing 13.47 lbs!!!! after weights,measurements and a few photo ops i let her recover for about 10 minutes and she swam away back into the deeper water (i hope) unharmed. i screamed and laughed like an escaped mental patient for 30 minutes then ran home to tell you guys this story. ill let the pictures speak for themselves :)
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