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Hairy, that's why I spend so much time on Rainy. I've hooked, but never landed, at least a couple like that and there are more where they come, according to my sonar. It's a wonderful lake to fish - shallow bays, huge dropoffs to a hundred feet thirty feet from shore, everything in between. Scary as it can be once they take the navigational bouys in the fall and worrisome even where they are there, but if you have a theory of "where the big ones are" then there's water on Rainy for you to test your idea.

Thanks for the great picture!

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That's a fish!!! Looks more like a streamlined alligator........

Man, that thing is huge......Must be fun getting one of those on the line.

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Man I wonder if my friend is going to get pissed at me. A friend of mine sent me those images with the forwarded messages from his friend who got them. The guy in the photo his friend and goes to his church. Along with the message was the comment that the big Pike was netted as it wouldn't let go of the 36 inch smaller Pike. The larger one was said to weight 54 pounds.
Funny thing was I only forwarded my friends mail to one person. Guess it has made its way around.
 

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My parents used to have a cottage on Lower Lake Beverly on the south side of the small town of Delta, Ontario. Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass was the featured attraction but there were an abundance of Northern Pike there, too. I used to hate catching them until a local resident taught me how to get them off the hook(s) without losing a finger in the process. I never caught one near that size but I did get a couple about the size of the one being chomped on in the second photo. Man, I'm here to tell you that is a fight when you're using light/medium-weight spinning or bait-casting tackle!

Great catch and great photos!

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Oh, I now see you didn't catch it. Well, pass my congrats along to your friend.

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I have fished Rainy lake Canada side several times always in setember, never hooked anything that big but the fish are usually biting non stop that time of year. That is smallmouth, walleye, and northern. Nothing like jiging for walleye and having one of those large northern hit your line. Everyone that likes to fish should try it at least one time. There are some nice portage lakes on the upper end also.
 

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Yep, they almost lull you into thinking you really are tangled on some kind of heavy debris until all hell suddenly breaks loose! And once you do land one, the damned things are like little Baracudas - all teeth and not afraid to use them.

I used to hold onto a pike's lower jaw with a pliers and reach into its mouth for my lure with a long needle-nose pliers while clamping its long, flopping body between my legs. When that local gentleman went fishing with me for the first time, he really laughed at what seemed to him like a Snap-On tool truck that I took along in the boat. He told me to hand the fish to him, which I was more than happy to do. He laid it across his lap and placed the thumb and forefinger of one hand very gently on the fish's eyes. It instantly became motionless and its mouth opened. He reached into that mess of needle-like teeth with his other hand, retrieved my lure and took his fingers away from the fish's eyes. It immediately began to wriggle around again, so he placed both hands around it and lowered it back into the water.

After Mr. Irwin taught me that method, I could see why he laughed at my old one.

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Tron, I think our preferences in fishing are similar. There are a lot more small fish like crappies, bluegill and rock bass in most local waters, so I prefer to use ultra-light tackle and fish for them when I just want to go out for an hour or so. We have a creek near our home and it's nice to wade out in it on an early summer evening.

Frankly, fishing in Canada spoiled me for our local waters. It's just so much clearer and nice-sized fish are so much more plentiful there.

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Here's one you will appreciate Tron. My PB LMB.
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Well the story is I am a super-avid sight fisherman. I used to fish the tournaments series but found I simply love sight fishing more than any other form. I have a very good friend who lives on a So Cal lake that has been notorious for kicking out big bass. Its a small impoundment compared to most lakes, but is chalk full of giants that feed on trout. I have the opportunity to hit the lake about once a week with him to hunt for the big girls during the spawn. This one I got came the very next day after my friend caught a 19.7 which you may have seen on the cover of Bassmaster Magazine. She wasn't easy as it took about 20 minutes to get her to go. She was bedded down about 15 feet. There is nothing more thrilling than burning bank and finding giants to fish. The adhrenaline rush of the process is something I can't even begin to describe unless a person has done it before. I've gotten a few like this and a bunch over 10. We don't stop on anything that doesn't look like it is pushing double digits. The season has begun here now. He got a 10 and a 13.25 this week. I'll be out there tomorrow...lol.
 
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