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41.5 inch Northern Pike

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Just got back from a Week on Kabetogama.

The first day we went out, was an experience. I bought a fishing hotspots map, and had the resort owner mark some recommended spots. Between learning how to run the boat, trying to adjust the boat position due to the wind, and my general inexperience with fishing for walleye on northern lakes, made for a pretty rough first day. I managed to catch one small sauger which I released.

The second day, we fished for walleye for a couple hours with no luck. So I decided to pull into a weedy bay and try my luck casting for northern or smallies. I caught around 11 15 to 30 inch northerns in the first couple of hours. My wife wished she had brought the camera with her, so we decided to head back to the cabin, eat lunch and go out again.

After lunch we headed back to the same bay where I had been catching northerns, and on my second catch, hooked one. At first it didn't seem anything out of the ordinary. I started reeling it in, and it dove into some weeds. I horsed it out of the weeds, and then thought I had lost it as I was reeling hard and was getting little resistance. Once it got close to the boat, it dove under the boat and started ripping line from my reel at a furious rate. The pole was bent down to the water and slightly under the boat. At this point I figured I must have a decent sized one, but I haven't seen it yet. I managed to horse it back to the boat and it decided to take off for open water this time. Again it started to rip line from my reel at a fast rate. I got it back to the boat the third time and for the first time saw it. It looked HUGE! It then dove under the boat and stripped about 30 yards of line off the pole. My heart was really pounding and I thought for sure I would lose it. I managed to drag it back out from under the boat for the 2nd time, and grabbed for the landing net laying in the boat.

I fumbled with the landing net, trying to figure out how to get the fish into the net, as it seemed inadequate for the task I was attempting. I eventually managed to get it to dive into the net, and I hauled it over the side and into the boat. It flipped out of the net and onto the floor of the boat. I though my wife was going to jump over the side of the boat when she saw it.

I hurried up and got the fish under control and got out my jaw spreader (which I had just purchased for this trip after seeing them being used on a fishing show). I tried to use this thing, and it wasn't big enough, so I hurried and stretched it out and got my lure out of his mouth.

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Thanks for sharing the info with everyone, and thanks for the pictures. Looks like you paid a visit to Kettle Falls.

Nice fish by the way. Incidentally, walleyes are still inactive for the most part. You did the right thing to go after some other spieces. guts, < )))))))><

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Jim W

Nice job Weekend Warrior! By the looks of the Jack photo you might have been staying at Pine Aire Resort?

Kabetogama is a Beautiful place to be!!!

Jim W

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Nice observation on the location, we were staying at the Four Winds which is next door to Pine Aire.

Don and Jean were excellent hosts.

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ethan77

any idea what bay or area you were in to catch those pikes? Going up there next weekend and any hint would be much appreciated......

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I caught it in a weedy area on the NW or West side of Moxie island, near the narrow area between Moxie and Sphunge islands.

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