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LenH  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:21:10 AM(UTC)
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I typically visit my mother on Wednesdays.

I go a little early and fish at the dam there.

Second cast I had a behemoth pike turn at the wall.

It was so big it made my knees shake.

I threw right back in there and this one slammed it.

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I was actually disappointed that I caught this one instead of the monster.

I have a superstition that makes me stop fishing after catching one large pike or trout .

The rematch may be on Mother's Day or next Wednesday.

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kschaefer3  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:31:46 AM(UTC)
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That's a pretty nice pike too. I'd like to see the beast you didn't get. Good luck next time around! Can't wait for the picture.
Confluence  
#3 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 7:25:06 PM(UTC)
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Nice Pike.

That's not a very sporting way to handle the fish unless you intend to keep it.

Good luck on the big one.
flyfishingfreak  
#4 Posted : Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:33:39 PM(UTC)
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Confluence wrote:

That's not a very sporting way to handle the fish unless you intend to keep it.


with some fish i'd agree, but pike, muskie and walleye i feel that's not a bad way to hold the fish.
(i'm guessing you're talking under the gill plate)
LenH  
#5 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 1:12:42 AM(UTC)
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Confluence wrote:
Nice Pike.

That's not a very sporting way to handle the fish unless you intend to keep it.

Good luck on the big one.


you are correct. Was eaten.
LenH  
#6 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 1:17:33 AM(UTC)
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Confluence wrote:
Nice Pike.

That's not a very sporting way to handle the fish unless you intend to keep it.

Good luck on the big one.


Just a heads up Confluence.

This site is user friendly.

We don't beat the C/R Only drum here.
kschaefer3  
#7 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 5:46:32 AM(UTC)
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I bet it was tasty too! Pike are better when they get bigger, imo. I agree with flyfishingfreak, holding a pike that way doesn't do anything. Worst thing to happen would be getting gill raked, but that would hurt Len, not the fish.
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#8 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 6:48:25 AM(UTC)
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With a gator like that I'm guessing Len clubbed him with his PRIEST a few times to get the fish to settle down before photo time. With the wahoo in Aruba the captain had a mini aluminum bat they hit the fish before bringing it on the boat.

Len you should consider gloves and a big set of jaw spreaders for these gators. They will rip your fingers to shreds, even more so than big browns!
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Confluence  
#9 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 6:53:53 AM(UTC)
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with some fish i'd agree, but pike, muskie and walleye i feel that's not a bad way to hold the fish.
(i'm guessing you're talking under the gill plate)


You are half correct at I was getting at. My apologies for not being more clear. I agree that it is fine to handle these species by the gill plate. However lifting them and or holding them vertically by just the gill plate is a certain way to cause damage to the fish.

Obvious all of this is a non-issue in this case because the fish was kept.

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Not positive on how to upload images. The guy is using the gill plate to hold the fish, but supporting it and holding it horizontally.
Confluence  
#10 Posted : Friday, May 10, 2013 7:00:19 AM(UTC)
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LenH wrote:


you are correct. Was eaten.



Sounds tasty. Nothing against catch and keep if one follows the regs. You hadn't stated in the post that u did harvest Mr. Gator.
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