Wow what a day of fall pike fishing!! I started the trip off catching a nice 14 lber on my third cast of the day. Caught fish throughout the day. We had some down time though between fish. Fish were spread out over a few different locations, but definitely there and hungry. The bites were very aggressive. I love days like this.
I caught a total of 7 pike on the day. The amazing thing about this trip was the consistent great quality fish. I did have one 5 pounder in the mix driving down the average fish size but the others made up for it. Even that fish was nice and fat.
My total weight for the day was a whopping 100 pounds of pike. Fish weights were, 5,10,12,13,14,14. If you added those numbers up, you have already figured out that the last fish I haven't listed weighed in at 32 pounds!!! She is going to be the new Idaho State catch and release record. The current record is 44" caught from Hayden lake last year through the ice. This beauty was 46 3/4" long! What a pig. It was also my new personal best. I have the application for the record filled out and just need to print the appropriate photos, and send it all in. Hopefully I have enough photographic proof, along with my witness/net man, to get them to list this fish as the new record.
Water temps were 49-50 all day. Weather was cloudy and cooperative. Some rain was predicted but it never showed up :) but the fish sure did. Fish were in 8-10 feet of water and were devouring my glide bait. The fun part about this bait is that they didn't make it in the color I wanted, so I painted one up in the garage and gave it a try. I have also bee altering the baits a little to give them a little more appeal, and it's worked great over the last three trips.
What a day!!
You can see the successful release of this great fish on my Instagram @thepikesupremacist as she swims off to live to fight another day. And to make a ton of babies!!
Damn the gill nets!!!!!!