Piketoberfest XVIII: Sun, Oct. 20, 2019 RESULTS 1ST PLACE CHAMPION - Baldpelican 25 3/4" 2ND PLACE by raffle - KeyWest Glenn 3RD PLACE by raffle - PaulD Remainder of prize money, Scotty J, and P.Dona Pictures to follow. Beautiful day may have played a factor of the pike bite. Thinking of changing the picnic time to 3 or 3:30 pm, Thoughts ?
This is a Connecticut river northern pike, a subspecies currently being considered for listing under the Federal endangered species Act. Caught on a Smithwick perfect 10 rogue using a slow steady cranking retrieve after long casts using a spinning rod, 20lb test braid, tied to 2 ft 20 lb test fluoro leader tied to ~18 inches 20 lb test surflon micro supreme camo wire and a small cross-lock snap. Thanks to Paul, Mitch and all the organizers and those who donated prizes for a great event. Thanks to Riverroamer for a good day of fishing and the net job. It was good fun talking and meeting others after fishing!
There is a picture up there, the only fish landed all day. I set the hook on a decent fish but I cane unbuttoned afterwords, no clue what it was. Then I had a bump, kept reeling and another bump, still not on as the lure came into view a respectable size pine flairs it’s gills and and gives it one more bump as it flashed the boat broad side. After a few casts we gave the area a rest and came back to nothing. Still not a bad day for fishing the after party was great, I came close to placing in the raffle but it wasn’t my day.
Edited by Mitch P. (10/21/1904:58 PM) Edit Reason: Pic added.