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Hawkeye43 asked how big the females get around here. Well, here's this past Saturday's catch 26.5 lbs on my digital scale, 42-43 inches (I only had a 36 inch tape)

When I saw that fish, I just chuckled, I just had to ask a question like that. Now tell me that you were calm, cool and your heart wasn't beating a 100 mph. That's a very nice fish. One more question, Did come into the red & white decoy??? wink

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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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nine tine that's a monster. how often to you sick monsters like that.

That is my personal best to date. I've seen one or two like that for the last three years, but either cannot get a good shot or, I hate to say this, but last year I missed. It was a steep angle shot, and I just scraped scales. I guess you could say that I was a little rattled. This years fish had a white left eye, which the fish from the other years didn't have, so I'm still looking.

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I got this 34" girl yesterday morning. She came in to one of my spoons and sat right under my other decoy not giving me a shot until she turned to leave. This is the first fish I have speared in almost a month, but it makes all the work and patience worth it.

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Here's half of my block from Sunday, just prior to it going back in the lake. 36" by far the thickest I have cut. It was quite the struggle to pull up and bent my chisel levering it back into the drink.

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This 34" 10 pound fatty did the sneek on my Shallbetter Cisco decoy 25 min. after I moved my shack 20 yards! Came in at 2 PM on Mon.


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This 34" 10 pound fatty did the sneek on my Shallbetter Cisco decoy 25 min. after I moved my shack 20 yards! Came in at 2 PM on Mon.


Great fish, and great shot! Congrats.

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Got you to look grin The itch is starting!!!

You got me! I was just in my shack looking for something this morning. I can't wait to spend hours in it staring straight down.

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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 ago.

dam that was fun!

Here are some photos of setting up and such, I have a nice photo sequence of my son's pike coming up on the spear, which I think are a little nicer than the off the spear pics but I know the forum rules so...

Cardio exercise machine:


Boys cleaning the hole, we pushed our block down.




finishing slush skimming after positioning house, wood stove ready to rock..


Beautiful clear ice, 14-15 inches.


Tossing another stick in the fire keg.


couple of nice eaters. Now deboned and chilling in some salt water in the fridge.


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Nice work thats great! I just got my house back out on Sakakawea for the year. Water is a little murky right now, visibility only about 5 feet. Only saw 1 pike ~4lbs

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My oldest son is back out there again today. I wish the clouds would clear off for him, some bright sunshine sure wouldn't hurt.

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On 12/22/2014 at 11:25 AM, Hitman54 said:

Here is a pike I got on Saturday the 20th. 39" 18.4 lbs. She tasted great out of the smoker! full-9691-51981-pikeresize.jpg



can you share how you smoked it?  Maybe on HSO  cooking thread?  Thanks.  Dandy fish! 

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