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Old 05-02-2005, 05:12 PM
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Pike report: pushing the limits

After spending four and a half days fishing the backwaters of Lake Ontario, I can sum up the experience with one word: extreme. In that time, we had an inch and a half of rain, had sustained winds that averaged 15mph, and had three cold fronts move through the area. It wasn't exactly prime conditions to find some pike, especially with fly rods, but we were game and ready for the task at hand.

The sun was out perhaps 10 or 15% of the time that we were there. The rest was overcast or just plain downpours. We were usually able to find cover out of the wind, but not always. And the manner in which the fish responded to the cold fronts sometimes meant that we needed to be fishing out in the blow.

We found a few holes that the pike used as secondary structure when the fronts moved in, and were usually able to catch a few by bonking them on the head with our flies in six to ten feet of water. The other response to the fronts was for the fish to simply hold much tighter to natural and artificial cover such as reeds, trees, emerging weedlines, and docks. Needless to say, every pike that we caught was earned.

Once again we came across stretches of water that held incredible smallmouth angling. Even with our ten weight rods, these fish gave a great account of themselves. We took several over three pounds, and the digital camera's batteries decided to quit right before we each took a fish at twenty inches and four pounds. Finally, I broke the twenty inch mark, and the camera craps out.

Anyone can catch fish when the conditions are prime....Bert and I had a long time to discuss this trip during our ride back home and are pretty pleased with how we did despite the adverse conditions.

Top fly of the trip? The wooly bully, and color really didn't seem to matter. The fly's action just seemed to make those fish go postal. I did lose a forty inch class fish on a chartruese over white angel hair fly, and we did get some fish on big eye baitfish patterns, but overall the wooly bully came through like a champ.

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Here's me posing with a fish. The fish isn't too big, but we thought it was a noteworthy picture because it was one of the rare moments of genuine sunshine during the trip.



Here's Bert with one of the larger fish....



Bert posing with the result of a double hookup we had with smallies...



And me with a large pike that fell for a chartruese wooly bully...



We're already planning for next year.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:32 PM
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Awesome Mark - fantastic report!

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In that time, we had an inch and a half of rain, had sustained winds that averaged 15mph, and had three cold fronts move through the area.....
.. sounds like perfect weather for drifting an Irish Lough for wild browns

Sounds like experience and hard work paid off in terms of reading the water and finding fish in an unfamiliar environment and difficult conditions - great job!
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wow, someday i hope to get into some pike action. i cant wait go after some bass this summer with my fly rod. great looking fish. I know the fealling of when ou land great fish when the weather is not cooperating an dthe odds are against you. cheers, nate
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"Anyone can catch fish when the conditions are prime....Bert and I had a long time to discuss this trip during our ride back home and are pretty pleased with how we did despite the adverse conditions."
how true! looks like some killer water. enjoyed the pics.
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Mark,

Congrats, ... Was that your first time going after Pike ??

Hope you had fun. Weather is weird this spring. Hope these cold fronts let up before salmon opens.
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I've been chasing pike for a while now, but those were some of the toughest conditions I've been in when fishing for them. We had fun though.
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Great report Mark. Sounds and looks like you guys had a good time despite the lack of cooperation from Mother Nature. Did you hire a guide or was it all DIY?

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It was DIY. Guides up there are concerned with steelhead, king and coho salmon, and other unimportant species......
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... steelhead, king and coho salmon, and other unimportant species.....
LOL !!, ... that'll stir up the pot

You use wire on the leaders ??
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I meant to stir the pot.

We used 50 lb fluoro shock tippets, looped to 40lb mono as leader. Only two biteoffs in four and a half days, and the smallmouth bass weren't shy with the heavy fluoro. We had to check and retie occasionally, but it was worth it.
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