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Couple of pike that showed up for a photo op this morning. 

Here is a pike I got on Saturday the 20th. 39" 18.4 lbs. She tasted great out of the smoker!

Thanks. The skinny pike is my very first dark house pike. This is kind of my son's gig. He was interested so I helped him get into it. Today I got a turn with the spear I made for him a couple years a

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Haha i saw that in the pic also.. Actually it is only refraction from light.. Them tines are straight as they can get!! grin

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Try this. Last one didn't come up right.

Do they come to the decoy, or do they just happen to pass through? Do you smoke them?

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fisherking01

Nice, hope to get out tomorrow with the camera!! gonna try one of my new spears!! P1050073Small.jpg

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Yes, in the cold months I make a lot of spears, every size, weight, style. I enjoy that nearly as much as using them.

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sweet spear and not a normal one either you dont see to many if any 8 tiners around cool and Good luck

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shamalex72,

I smoke some, soak them in a brown sugar/salt brine overnight, then put them in a smoker for about 3 - 4 hours. I do a cold smoke the 1st 3 hours then do a hot smoke the last hour to cook them.

I also bake them, They are a firmer meat, flake off nicely. I have also grilled them with a little butter and galic spread over the top, I don't wrap them, leave the skin on and put that down on the rack of the grill, it acts like the tin foil.

i did deep fry some last week, had some pike mixed in, I could not tell the difference between the fish, I actually didn't know which one was which.

I usually try to take off any belly fat (the silvery stuff) and on any bigger fish they have a Mud line (fat) down by the tail on the laterail line.

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Originally Posted By: mnspearingguider
Whitefish11.jpg

Try this. Last one didn't come up right.

Do they come to the decoy, or do they just happen to pass through? Do you smoke them?

They decoy in some days, other days they come within a foot or 2 just to see what's going on. Run small decoys for them, around 3" or smaller if possible, flash works well too, jig a spoon. There will be days where they will attach a spoon or small decoy like a pike, then other days they will stay 2' away and catch the edge of your hole. So prepare for angled shots, they don't give you much time some days, less than 3 seconds, Then they get you all flustered when you miss 3 in a row because they are cruising through, Then the one stops right in front of the decoy, you get all excited because it stopped then you choke since you think it's a easy shot....(I have never done that, I have just heard)... LOL.

They are very addicting, they are so much fun, and give you great practice throwing a spear. And as a bonus they taste great.

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Yes, in the cold months I make a lot of spears, every size, weight, style. I enjoy that nearly as much as using them.

That is one very nice spear!!!

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as far as the fish are concerned, he could be holding the spear!P1060077Small.jpg

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made it out today, dropped the spear on the first one at 10, in the head, never wiggled. second at 11, fish took off when I dropped the spear, got it in front of the back fin, not where you want to hit them, but with these barbs, the fish simply do not come off until you take them off!!

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thanks for the info spearingguide, I might have to go try for them someday.

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I was wondering where a couple of you guys are at? Merkman, I'd love to know your spot, not for pike but for the bull sunnies you've been seeing! I'd love to find a spot I can sightfish for some nice sunnies!

And mnspearingguide, where you getting the whitefish? They are a BALL on light tackle!

If you don't wanna give up yer spots I completely understand, if ya wanna email em to me it's jeff _ lynch 55 at yahoo dot com.

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I was wondering where a couple of you guys are at? Merkman, I'd love to know your spot, not for pike but for the bull sunnies you've been seeing!

I don't fish sunnies so I don't know; do you just catch and release them or keep them for the frying pan?

How many would it take to have a "good day"?

I see many more tiny sunnies and 3" perch and tiny sunnies than the Bull Sunnies but we have seen some big Sunnies stolling by one at a time.

Do they normally school?

I was halfway surprised to see them alone?

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I was wondering where a couple of you guys are at? Merkman, I'd love to know your spot, not for pike but for the bull sunnies you've been seeing!

I don't fish sunnies so I don't know; do you just catch and release them or keep them for the frying pan?

How many would it take to have a "good day"?

I see many more tiny sunnies and 3" perch and tiny sunnies than the Bull Sunnies but we have seen some big Sunnies stolling by one at a time.

Do they normally school?

I was halfway surprised to see them alone?

They will school but the Bigger sunnies may be on the outer edge of the school, they don't need the protection a school provides as much as the little 5 inches.

Merk I still got your number and want to get out spearing with you some time this winter. Its just that one weekend I emailed you we got blasted with all the snow and I knew I wouldnt be able to get up my driveway in Mora until it was plowed out. Then its just been so dang cold since.

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Merk I still got your number and want to get out spearing with you some time this winter. Its just that one weekend I emailed you we got blasted with all the snow and I knew I wouldnt be able to get up my driveway in Mora until it was plowed out. Then its just been so dang cold since.

Thanks for the tips on the sunnies.

I am still set up on the one lake with both houses.

I am in deeper water so it is a little more boring. We see bigger bass and more perch out in the deeper water, but they are harder to see.

I may move one of my houses to a clearer lake this weekend.

It will be the single house that gets moved.

Anytime you want to make it you can spear out of the single house or the double house; if you have friends who want to make it that is cool too. I have enough gear for several. If I am busy that weekend I will get you set up then take off and do what I need to do.

Just e-mail me.

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Merkman, it depends on what you'd prefer. If you don't mind me keeping a couple limits out of the lake I will, if you'd rather see anything over "x" inches released that's fine too. I always abide by other people's rules when they give me a tip. On the other hand, if you want everything big put back and I finally get my 12" sunnie, sorry, it's going on the wall!! smile

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Merkman, it depends on what you'd prefer. If you don't mind me keeping a couple limits out of the lake I will, if you'd rather see anything over "x" inches released that's fine too. I always abide by other people's rules when they give me a tip. On the other hand, if you want everything big put back and I finally get my 12" sunnie, sorry, it's going on the wall!! smile

Sorry if I came across like that. That is not at all what I meant.

These are public lakes so they are no way "my lakes" or "my fish".

Although I do affectionately call the lake I fish on my lake. smile

I don't stake any claim to the lake or the fish in it.

I just don't fish for sunfish that is why I was asking.

If I saw 4 or 6 big sunfish in a day is it worth traveling 30 miles for? Honestly I don't even know how many sunfish are in a limit. Now I know if you get a 12"er it would be worth the trip.

I will email you where I was at when I saw them and you can go check it out.

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