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tj417

How to catch a big northern...

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...CATCH A LITTLE NORTHERN FIRST!!!

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[This message has been edited by Dan Wood (edited 05-27-2004).]

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FishinFix

Wow, that's a nice fish. It's always fun when pike bite like that. Was that caught in Minnesota?

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gundy89

WOW!!! That's pretty cool.

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Harmonica Bear

Nice Pike!!!!!!!!!

This year?

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tj417

Last weekend on Lake Grace in Chaska...

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Lost

That's a beautiful little northern. How deep was it?

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juggs

You want to catch northerns? Come fish in my boat. I catch 'em all the time without trying. Crappies, walleyes, bass, no matter what I'm after there are always pike around.

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EBass

That is a huge pike. How big was that gal? No swimming signs should be posted in that lake! LOL

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hanson

You're going to have to twist my arm real hard to get me to believe that's a Minnesota fish. Regardless, even if it was caught in Northern Canada thats a monster. That fish has to be 45 + inches easy! Once in a lifetime Pike, no doubt about that. Congratulations!

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tj417

Thanks for the props, boys - I don't share a lot of photos, but that one is a classic -

Caught it last June at Berry Lake Camp in Ontario - Just north of Lake of the Woods - Trolling a #13 glass perch husky jerk was killing the northerns and the big one just latched onto the 18 incher as I reeled it in and happened to catch the husky jerk's rear hook solid in the corner of her mouth, otherwise I think she would have let go too soon to get her - 48", 30 pounds - Released her -

I wonder how many pounds she put on since last year....I'll be back up there in 2 weeks...

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    • gimruis
      If the water is that clear and you can see 17-20 feet down, the fish will be very spooky.  And if the sun is out, they will be looking for relief from the sun in the form of shade.  Night time might actually be a better option.
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