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#1822856 - 10/25/21 04:01 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Riverroamer Offline

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Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 13
Yes thanks to all the tournament organizers! Was a fun time as usual. I've been fishing with BaldPelican for over 30 years and we've paid our dues with many days of few to no fish, but some days our skills and the fish cooperate and things are good like for us at piketoberfest this year. Last year we didn't even see a pike. Considering that a single pike caught the past 2 years won the tournament, there was no way I was going to take 2 prizes (with my two 36" pike) and leave the person who caught the fourth pike (29" a very respectable pike) out of the prizes. Was a bonus that BaldPelican caught an almost 34" pike to take 2nd (he did win 2 years ago). I plan to be there next year to pass on the wooden pike to the next winner. My screen name is River Roamer because that's what we usually do, roam the river in search of fish, but the beauty of the river never ceases to amaze me and I don't take it for granted each time out. The bald eagle who was fishing above us during the tournament was a nice sight to see too!
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#1822861 - 10/25/21 07:07 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
JohnS Offline

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Registered: 01/19/02
Posts: 12098
Loc: Wallingford/Florida
Congrats to the winners, great job keeping the tradition going.

New House 5/18
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#1822864 - 10/25/21 08:40 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952



A nice array of prizes put together by Paul Dona, Kapt and Hooker Beer!




New Champion! Riverroamer


Second Place: Bald Pelican


Third Place: Scott J.


Raffle Winner: cwood man

Reigning champion Paul Dona passing the torch to Riverroamer ...





Edited by Mitch P. (10/25/21 09:15 PM)
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#1822866 - 10/25/21 09:04 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952
We had some great morning views rolling out in the cold fog. It was a beautiful day once the fog finally lifted.






Like Paul's pea soup out there in the early a.m.!






Edited by Mitch P. (10/25/21 09:16 PM)
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#1822867 - 10/25/21 09:06 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952

Scott with his 29.5-inch pike on a chatter bait.


Brandon with a pickerel.


Father and son bass double.

We got into some fun with small bass and pickerel that kept us busy. Gold spinner bait was the trick for me, getting some small bass and pickerel.

I had one shot at a pike that grabbed my spinner bait in our last location just before we were coming in. He was close to the boat and I didn't get a good hookset in him. He came back near the boat and took at swipe at Scott's lure, but we couldn't entice him.


Edited by Mitch P. (10/25/21 09:10 PM)
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#1822868 - 10/25/21 09:10 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952

Always a pleasure to see Paul and his dad at events. May we all live long and prosper like Mr. Dona! beerchug

As with any CTF event, MORE than enough food to go around. From appetizers, to main dishes, to desserts. You never leave hungry!




Kapt's infamous pirate chili.




Paul's always delicious pea soup.





Edited by Mitch P. (10/25/21 09:14 PM)
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#1822870 - 10/25/21 09:16 PM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952

Thanks to Paul and his family for hosting the post-fishing fun at his property again. A very nice and private place to unwind, enjoy some good food and laughs after a day of fishing. beerchug

Thanks to everyone who has participated and kept this going since 2002! What a lot of fun we've had over the years and will continue to have! Can't wait to do it all again next year! beerchug

From the first one way back in the day ...





Edited by Mitch P. (10/25/21 09:20 PM)
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#1822883 - 10/26/21 09:44 AM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: Mitch P.]
PDona Offline

P.Donna at one time

Registered: 07/31/02
Posts: 15296
Loc: Southern Ct
What a great day to be out on the water !! Too bad the pike didn't cooperate for most of us banghead Congrats to River Roamer, and Bald Pelican for schooling us beyond belief ! Also Scotty J even though he had a handicap.
Kapt and I started off dark:30 into Chapmans. We pummeled the areas where I have caught pike before, and only a couple pickerel and maybe a bass to show for it. Kapt has some great photos of throughout the day.

Headed South , we hit every marina with an occasional bass, or pickerel at each. No pictures of our fish, everyone knows what a pickerel or bass looks like. I think next year we should do a pickerel side bet, or call it PIKERELTOBERFEST .

Awesome food, and comradery at the aftergathering, Thank you everyone who contributed !
Sarah took it all in and at the end said " you guys know how to have a good time " smile1

Anyone have video of Cwood taking off in the Panamera ? smile1

Anything we should do differently , add, take away next year ? I know the "meadow " is a little further drive, but I think it's a great place.
We can change back to Haddam meadows next year if everyone wants to.

Oh, I have 1 picture !



><((((> `..`...><((((>


Hug your mom more ! !


Paul Dona

A "not neat" knot is a knot not needed

><((((> `..`...><((((>



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#1822884 - 10/26/21 09:53 AM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
Mitch P. Offline



Registered: 05/04/01
Posts: 30952
Ha ha, had to keep the run streak going. Smelling the food cooking was good incentive to run faster. beerchug
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#1822885 - 10/26/21 10:45 AM Re: 20th annual Piketoberfest results [Re: PDona]
kayak fisher Offline

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Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 1289
Loc: milford
Congrats to the winners, and kudos to PDona for organizing this. Glad the weather cooperated for everyone, even though the fishing was stingy. A beautiful day on the water and great food afterwards more than compensates for lack of pike.

bob
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