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Offline WesinND

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Fourth of July Northern Pike
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:36:53 PM »
We were going to have some Buffalo steaks for dinner yesterday, but I forgot to take them out of the freezer.  :-[   It was about 96 degrees Fahrenheit,  but I was itching to get outside and it was too hot for the pups, so I went to a small impoundment close by for some pike.  My goal was two eating size fish I could put on the grill.  I just walked around and cast first a #5 Blue Fox Vibrax spinner, the a 3/4 oz five of diamonds Daredevle.  As soon as I switched to the Daredevle I started getting hits.  Anyway, I got these two and they were more than enough for dinner with potatoes and coleslaw.

My favorite pike lure:


First Fish:


Dinner!


I put my BOB there for scale.  I gutted them with the BOB, and took the home to fillet and cut the "Y" bones out. 

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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2016, 12:41:46 PM »
The Five of Diamonds in yellow with red diamonds always seem to work well.  In Canada, forty plus years ago, I was given a couple of them by a pilot and they worked very well.  Glad to see they are still around and still work well.

You must know how to bone them Pike.  I cannot do it at all.

 
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2016, 12:44:40 PM »
Nice catch ... and nice BoB.

We have musky (and pike I think) in the tailwaters below a dam nearby but I've never fished for them. Bet they are a blast to catch!
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016, 01:47:59 PM »
Nice catch!  That's being resourceful for a holiday meal :)  good on ya!  Wish I had pike down here in OK.  I love them pickled.
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2016, 02:13:43 PM »
Nice catch ... and nice BoB.

We have musky (and pike I think) in the tailwaters below a dam nearby but I've never fished for them. Bet they are a blast to catch!

Thanks!  They are fun to catch!




Nice catch!  That's being resourceful for a holiday meal :)  good on ya!  Wish I had pike down here in OK.  I love them pickled.


I've never had them pickled, that's something I need to try.

The Five of Diamonds in yellow with red diamonds always seem to work well.  In Canada, forty plus years ago, I was given a couple of them by a pilot and they worked very well.  Glad to see they are still around and still work well.

You must know how to bone them Pike.  I cannot do it at all. 

Here's the method I use to fillet them from the Yukon Fish and Game:


And here's a link to the North Dakota Fish and Game using another method:

http://gf.nd.gov/fishing/other-fishing-information/pike


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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2016, 03:49:40 PM »
I pretty much use the method shown in the Yukon video......works real well for me. :thumbsup:    I seldom throw a Northern back unless it's a 'hammer handle'........really good flavored fish, I always thought. :shrug:
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2016, 06:13:29 PM »
Thanks for the video Wes.  I can probably do that with a little practice.
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2016, 06:34:56 PM »
Thanks for the video Wes.  I can probably do that with a little practice.

It takes a little practice, but you'll get the hang of it. You need a sharp fillet knife, and it helps if you have a piece of cardboard or something for them to lay on that won't allow them to slide around.  I went again this afternoon, and got two more for tomorrow night's dinner.    They wouldn't hit the five-of-diamonds, but they liked this firetiger daredevle.  It's my new favorite lure.   ;D  I have my trusty Buck 102 Woodsman and a Mora fillet knife my wife bought me one year in the photo.  I think the Mora will stay in the truck--for the summer anyway.




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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2016, 03:56:52 AM »
Being a VERY active fisherman in both Connecticut where I grew up and now in Florida I can honestly say I have never thought of or met anyone that has eaten northern pike. I have eaten all kinds of fish both big and small but never thought about eating a pike. On the same note I have only met a few people that have eaten sea-robins. I personally love the taste. I've only caught a handful of pike in my days and most of them were when ice fishing. Those guys look great and I love the color of the filets! Who would of thunk it? Lol
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2016, 07:43:01 AM »
When I fished in Canada for Walleye we would get a fair number of pike too.  The Native guides would whack em in the head and throw them overboard.  No love for the northerns.

Thanks for the other info Wes.  I have the same filet knife that is in the video and a Spyderco folder and another folder made of stainless steel. 
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Re: Fourth of July Northern Pike
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2016, 04:28:09 PM »


Being a VERY active fisherman in both Connecticut where I grew up and now in Florida I can honestly say I have never thought of or met anyone that has eaten northern pike. I have eaten all kinds of fish both big and small but never thought about eating a pike. On the same note I have only met a few people that have eaten sea-robins. I personally love the taste. I've only caught a handful of pike in my days and most of them were when ice fishing. Those guys look great and I love the color of the filets! Who would of thunk it? Lol

When I fished in Canada for Walleye we would get a fair number of pike too.  The Native guides would whack em in the head and throw them overboard.  No love for the northerns.

Thanks for the other info Wes.  I have the same filet knife that is in the video and a Spyderco folder and another folder made of stainless steel. 

I agree with Wolfy, I find them quite tasty if they are cleaned properly.  I like Walleye, they have a milder flavor and are easier to clean.  Plus, you don't need a boat to catch them in the summer!   ~Wes