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Dble Haul 06-14-2007 07:52 PM

Northern Alberta pike report part 2
 
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ger/laker2.jpg

During the two bluebird days, we were able to sight fish to some big pike in a large bay. Up until this point the fish had been holding to a pattern that was more typical of smallmouth bass (rocks in 5 to 12 feet of water), but this bay was a few degrees warmer than other spots on the lake and had some reeds beginning to emerge. We found some larger fish to cooperate.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...therbigone.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...therbigone.jpg

I managed to get a new personal best pike, 20.5 pounds and 38 inches long. Here she is at the boatside....

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...hyboatside.jpg

And here she is prior to release....the picture doesn't do justice to how fat this pike was, as we caught a few pike that were longer but a few pounds lighter.....

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ophy-at-20.jpg

Releasing a few others....

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...this-piker.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...Marks-Pike.jpg

And some action the final night at the lake....

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...at-Walters.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...r/Bent-Rod.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...er-Doo-Doo.jpg

We flew back to Fort MacMurray and then drove down to Calgary the same day. The next day Sean and I flew back to Hartford. I rate this as the highest quality of freshwater fishing that I have ever experienced....a dry spell was ten minutes without a fish. I will also remember it because it was so different from anything that I had done before with flyfishing.....casting floating lines to pike in 4 feet of water during snow flurries, anchoring up off a point during a very windy day and casting to pike that were feeding like stripers in whitewater against the rocky shore, catching lake trout while using a fast twohanded saltwater retrieve.....

Two and a half days to get there, two days to get back, and I'd do it all again in a hearbeat if I had the chance.

Eric 06-14-2007 07:58 PM

Absolutely wonderful! Many thanks -- really enjoyed the account.

Never caught a pike on a fly or otherwise, but this sure whets my appetite.

Noticed the Lakers looked very much like the pike. Does ol' Esox steal all their food?

Again, great job! Love these vicarious trips.

Eric

Warren 06-14-2007 08:04 PM

Mark,
Great report. Some damn nice looking fish too. Those big ones must have put a nice bend in your rod :D what were you using for rods? 7 or 8 wt?

Smcdermott 06-14-2007 08:04 PM

Awesome report Mark. I believe that is the place Pete told us about a few seasons ago. Good to see you took advantage of it. Its definitely on the hit list after seeing those shots and reading your great recap.

Sean

Dble Haul 06-14-2007 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Warren
Mark,
Great report. Some damn nice looking fish too. Those big ones must have put a nice bend in your rod :D what were you using for rods? 7 or 8 wt?

We used 9 and 10 weight rods. They're necessary to throw the big flies, buck the wind, and get the big girls to the boat in a reasonable amount of time. Even with the 10 weight rod, some of those big fish took ten minutes to land.

IMO anything less than 9 is pushing it, and anything less than 8 is borderline irresponsible to the fish. We heard tales of a guy who caught a forty inch fish on a 6 weight, and it made me cringe. They had to follow it around with the boat for forty minutes, and I can only assume that the fish was completely spent when it finally succumbed. I doubt the fish survived....probably died of boredom. :wink:

Dble Haul 06-14-2007 08:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eric
Noticed the Lakers looked very much like the pike. Does ol' Esox steal all their food?

Looks that way, doesn't it? I thought that the slender shape of the lakers, combined with their teeth, made them look more like walleyes (minus the spiny dorsal of course).

All I know is they were hungry. We were able to see them follow flies a few times near the boat, and they looked like cheetahs chasing down gazelles. Simply incredible.

Quentin 06-14-2007 09:21 PM

Wow, what a great trip :smokin:

Must be awesome to plan a trip like that and then meet or exceed your expectations.

Never heard about bear boards before. Do they ever find any bloody footprints around the camp?

Q

FrenchCreek 06-14-2007 09:50 PM

Great report Mark, it was a blast to have you & Chopper Sean along for the best trip I've done.
Next year ??? Maybe we can have a few more "Mrikans" stay at the Embassy!
Best flies for the trip= Mark's Pink Wolly Bully, Pete's Yakka-Pika, Mark's Bouface, JD's R&W, Sean's Big Flies (name?)

Dble Haul 06-15-2007 08:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Quentin
Never heard about bear boards before. Do they ever find any bloody footprints around the camp?

No bloody footprints, and we were told that if a bear would step on one while we were in the area we'd definitely hear them. :wink:

juro 06-15-2007 08:07 AM

WOw that is some serious freshwater fishing... wouldn't want to be a chub in those waters!

Sean Juan 06-15-2007 03:28 PM

Few pics hope I post them right....



http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x.../Canada016.jpg

A nice laker

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x.../Canada009.jpg

Before the trip this easily would have been my biggest Pike - just average for this trip

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x.../Canada008.jpg

Picture of my first laker - these fish were amazing

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x.../Canada004.jpg


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