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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:53 PM 09/19/09 (CST)
So I was out pike fishing this weekend and had a great time. I boated 4 fish over 30 inches, with one being 34. I am a catch and release guy, especially with big pike, so lakes with trophy restrictions don't bug me. Just glad I have a place to go, to hopefully catch a whopper. Any how, I was using a big muskie sized spinner, and the main hook had a trailer J hook on it. I never thought a Pike would envelop a big lure like that to the point of disasterous gut hook. I had to cut the trailer hook from the mail lure using a side cutter. I don't think the fish has a chance, and I hate that. I would like to have bagged that fish so I could have at least gotten some fillets.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 05:32 PM 09/20/09 (CST)
That happens a lot with slot limits for all species, just think of all the gut hooked walleye that have to go to waste on Mille Lacs alone each year.

Its sad to see a fish die like that but its all part of the game. The fish will most certainly not go to waste though as many other fish, birds and turtles will likely feed well off of it.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:06 PM 09/20/09 (CST)
Stupid Turtles.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:53 PM 10/07/09 (CST)
Hey Pike Lover glad to hear you had some action, its nice to hear from people that put a value on Pike it seems they get looked at a bit poorly from time to time and seen only as a food source and not a sportfish.

It seems funny but the regulation works and it works very well as was shown in Rod Peirce's analysis of Pike regulations over the last 30 years on an individual fish occurrence it can seem pointless but to protect the whole its paramount, here's a quote from that study.

"The interpretation is that, in spite of the fact regulations did not work in every lake, the broader-scale statewide picture was that length regulations were having a very large impact on sizes of northern pike compared to reference lakes over the same time periods. Length regulations appear to be the best available tool we have for managing the sizes of northern pike. It must be kept in mind that the goal of these regulations was to improve sizes of fish. While the regulations were generally effective for improving sizes of northern pike, that came at the cost of reducing the harvests of northern pike in these populations. The trade-off for attaining larger size pike was fewer fish harvested --- and that’s the reason length regulations are only used in selected lakes. Not everyone agrees that bigger fish are worth the cost of harvesting fewer fish".

I got a Muskie last fall that had a decent section of gill plate gone and some gill arches ripped and fading away, she ate my jerk bait like no other and swam off strong as well a friend of mine was one of the original guides on Leech Lake that did the C&R survival study back in the 70's he hooked a Muskie that was hooked very deep and very badly lots of damage and blood; he tagged it and let it go knowing it was a dead release, a year later the fish was caught by another guy a inch longer and in his notes he wrote it was a strong healthy fish.

So if they swim they have a chance.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:03 PM 10/11/09 (CST)
Without the regulation the big pike you caught would not have been there to begin with. If it's released it at least stands a chance. The old saying "Dead Fish Don't Bite" applies here.
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