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Lake: Eleven Mile Reservoir
Fish: Northern Pike

Lucky 18# Pike

Post By: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/23/2023 11:04:23 PM     Points: 395    
I somehow landed this brute last week on my usual trout setup. I use 6 lb fluorocarbon, a bubble filled 60% with water, 8 ft of leader which is just the same line I have on my reel--and a size 10 pistol pete. Took me 20+ minutes to get him to net on a steep rocky shoreline with my butt in a crag. Hooked him on the tip of his upper lip or there is no way I would have avoided getting cut off. You can see it in his lip in the pic where I am holding him vertically. I actually thought I had my state record bow or cutbow until I got a good look. Fished from 6am until 10am without a bite. Actually was contemplating last cast when dude hit. I was swarmed by a group of boaters in the parking lot. A nice lady in one group took the pics. She was with an avid fisherman who didn't believe I landed this guy on my trout setup---until he inspected it with his own eyes. He about shook my hand off!! I have his name and number in case any doubters feel the need to cross examine for verification. My biggest freshwater fish ever at 38 inches and 18 lbs. Previous was a 15# bow. I woulda guessed over 20 pounds but hey................ Doubt this will ever happen again!!!!
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: 10/24/2023 7:22:44 AM     Points: 1819
Fantastic catch! What a memory! Good job!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 10/24/2023 10:07:05 AM     Points: 9171
Congrats on your catch, that shows some real skill on your part. My dad caught a similar pike at Williams Fork years ago. He caught his on a #14 salmon egg hook using salmon eggs, the fish was hooked in the corner of the eye. One other fisherman came down to watch the battle and saw the hook removed and commented 'I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes'. Pike are a greedy lot and sometimes they pay the price, Dad's fish was released to fight again.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 10/24/2023 12:44:50 PM     Points: 17503
That's so cool, great job landing it! I see the fly there in its upper lip.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 10/24/2023 1:09:06 PM     Points: 11037
That is definitely a fish of a lifetime. Congrats.
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 10/24/2023 1:42:46 PM     Points: 7444
Congrats. Great fish.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 10/24/2023 2:25:28 PM     Points: 2760
Great pike, congrats
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/24/2023 2:37:12 PM     Points: 4421
A chainsaw would have been good for cutting that thing up.
 Reply by: Crit      Posted: 10/24/2023 9:11:30 PM     Points: 17
Great fish. Hate to see a big removed but to each their own…
Kudos on the weight correction
I caught tons of 20lb fish until I started weighing them, 16-18 was the norm

 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 10/25/2023 7:15:28 AM     Points: 415
Wow! Congrats! Great catch! 🎣👍
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/25/2023 2:06:07 PM     Points: 395
Thanks dudes! I didn't actually weigh him until 28 hrs after the catch so coulda been 19#-ish.. Had him packed in ice in the cooler in a giant "C" shape waiting for assistance to filet. I have to give a shout out to my 17 year old Shakespeare Dimension Series reel. Never cleaned or done anything to it. The drag is fantastic and I was definitely working it. I take it for granted but someday it will bite the dust. My vote---remove all pike!!!!!
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 10/26/2023 9:17:06 AM     Points: 332
Greg88
You say remove all pike but you look awfully HAPPY holding that big girl up in the picture.....

I don't get it...
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/26/2023 11:01:00 AM     Points: 395
I'm sure several species are breathing easier after I removed it. Looked up estimated age for a 38 inch pike and was surprised 15-20 years. Thats almost 3X the life span of rainbow and cuttbow. It was harvest time-and I only keep about 3-5 fish per year anyway. I was definitely happy landing such a heavy fish on that rig-especially since it was my only bite of the day. I am trying Hawaiin Punch's recipe for our volunteer thingy on Sat. I'm going to mix the meat with some seasoning, crabmeat, shrimp, chives and panko---then fry into good sized crab cake thingys served with cocktail sauce and tartar sauce. None of it will go to waste.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/26/2023 4:23:38 PM     Points: 11476
I belive you will have a winner with the " other" items added.
Let me know how it turns out . . .Tarter and Cocktail sauce will cover most of the tastes out there.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/28/2023 2:51:54 PM     Points: 395
Punchy,

Ya mon! Thanks for the idea. Since I didn't get to filet this one, I baked it and carefully got all the meat. I mixed it with some crab,shrimp,panko/bread crumbs and a few select ingredients from online crabcake recipes I had been eating on it all week but it still made a giant turkey pan full to the top with crabcake casserole thingy. Turned out waaaaay better than I expected. Went over big-time at our volunteer gig. Actually didn't even need the cocktail sauce or tartar. Just a little bit left for me myself and I.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/28/2023 3:05:52 PM     Points: 395
Whoops. Supposed to be a period after "recipes." No run-on sentences allowed...................
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/28/2023 4:22:23 PM     Points: 11476
TOO COOL!!!!!!
I'm so happy you were able to turn a problem into a great finish . . .well done!
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 10/28/2023 5:45:59 PM     Points: 2760
Nice, keep em all.
 Reply by: tnhj      Posted: 10/28/2023 7:38:25 PM     Points: 61
Cool story, nice one.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/29/2023 10:30:50 AM     Points: 395
It's great cooking for guys just out of prison. They all think I'm a great cook. HAha..

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