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 Post subject: Yet another Pike story.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2022 4:48 am 
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Location: Whitemouth R., up the Escarpment
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Caught a nice pike tonight down by the foot bridge at Sturgeon Creek.
In a repeat of a story posted here earlier:

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Stomach contents of the 29 1/2" fish shown above.
Not shown is the rather artfully monofilament wrapped chicken gizzard that was on the red hook.
I didn't want to smell up the house that badly.
What surprises me is the indestructability of the digestive systems on these fish.
That's at least a #6 cat hook, and it did not pierce the stomach wall.
Crab or shrimp, or the above mentioned chicken, or any fish parts are the usual bait choice of trophy cat-fishermen around here.
If it's edible in the least, or appears to be, the pike will take it...
I have heard somewhat similar stories of big walleye being caught on cat rigs, but have never witnessed it, or seen evidence of it myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Yet another Pike story.
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2022 9:49 pm 
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nice fish , im with you on that being a catfish rig , we were just discussing these this past weekend


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another Pike story.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 8:29 am 
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never ate pike,

how are they ?

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 Post subject: Re: Yet another Pike story.
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The eating ain't bad the way I prep them.
Boning is a bit more work than walleye.
A good sharp filleting knife like the Martinni from Finland, and a fine stone sharpener are required.
I usually use the carbide/Arkansas pocket sharpener that came with the knife.
Using the arkansas sticks insert on a regular basis keeps the edge relatively easy to maintain.

The taste is not a lot different than walleye, except a slightly "fishier" flavor.
I salt water wash all my fillets after cleaning, and don't rinse after that.
Fish prepped that way is kind of hard for me to stop eating.
I pan fry in light oil over low/medium heat on an electric range.
I've found the sooner I can get the fish cleaned and filleted, the better they taste.

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I should add here that the best tasting pike are the ones from cold clear water, and that feed on crayfish.... They are easy to identify by their extremely dark coloration compared to other pike...

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 Post subject: Re: Yet another Pike story.
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fished a few ponds years ago that had Chain Pickerel and the southern version of Pike,
basically a toothy bass looking fish

fishing was usually good, and the pond owners insisted we not toss anything back, so they got tossed on the bank or cut and thrown back in, (kilt, )
he was trying to get the fish down or gone, since they ate all the Crappy and Bream, (and everything esle)

never took any home to try,

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 Post subject: Re: Yet another Pike story.
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generally only keepthem in that 2LB size range , smaller than that they are tuff to clean and have enough to eat - but very tasty , larger than that they start to get less firm and less flavorful , colder the water the better the eatin ,

there is an art to cleaning them , used to be a chart in the DNR Regs book every year but ive not looked for that recently , im sure you can find a you-tube video for it , we dont eat the muskies [big brothers to the pike here] strictly catch and release ,

i too prefer the crappie and bluegills to the pike , but walleye and perch arent bad eating , i seldom eat bass , catfish is favored


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