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#1 Coachman

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:30 AM

I joined a group of local carp anglers yesterday for their annual "fish-in" on Hamilton Harbour. Action was very slow and I was the only one there with a fly rod. By mid afternoon I was about to pack it in when I decided to make a few more casts. I was rather surprised when this guy came calling. Early in the fight, he took out some drag and my reel over-ran, hopelessly snarling my line (drag wasn't tight enough), so I had to fight it by carefully stripping the line in.

Of course, this was an incidental catch (they're OOS right now), so after a quick photo, the fish went back into the water. It was a fun fight in any case.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:56 PM

is that a pickrel or a pike???????
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:21 PM

is that a pickrel or a pike???????
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Thats a pike
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:01 PM

Its actually a rather chunky pike at that. I didn't weigh or measure it, as I wanted to get it back into the water quickly, but I'd guess 36-38 inches and right around 7 1/2 to 8 pounds. The fish had "shoulders" and (for a pike) a full belly.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:49 PM

Nice snake bud. Real healthy looking northern for sure. They sure do fight. I never had the chance to experience one on the fly rod though. Must have been a blast. Not used to hearing pike are outta season. I lived in Norther Ontario they were open all year there lol.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:43 PM

Here's a shot of the fight. This was taken as I was trying to clear the tangle on my reel while keeping tension on the line (the fish had just swam towards me). Thats a 14 foot 9/10 weight spey rod, and you can see the fish has a decent bow in it.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:21 PM

Wickedly good fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 04:17 PM

This might be a silly quesiton but is Hamilton Harbour in Nova Scotia or is it in Ontario? I googled it but couldn't find it in N.S. Nice fish by the way.
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 05:21 PM

Hamilton Harbour is at the very western end of Lake Ontario, separating Hamilton and Burlington. I was actually fishing beside the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW), which is on the Burlington side of the harbour.

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 11:44 AM

Nice catch for sure. sadly I think we don'thave pike in nova scotia, I know Quebec and ontario are full of it and pike is very good to eat, a bit of bones but very good fish if you ever have a chance to taste it do it!
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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:09 PM

Nice catch for sure. sadly I think we don'thave pike in nova scotia, I know Quebec and ontario are full of it and pike is very good to eat, a bit of bones but very good fish if you ever have a chance to taste it do it!


I like pike, but I'd not want to see them in Nova Scotia. The pickerel are already spreading too far and causing a lot of controversy and damage. Nova Scotia's salmon and trout population sure don't need another toothy competitor.
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:02 PM

I figure the muskie in NB will be here before the Northerns get here. I guess I seen last year (through news and reports) that they have some very large muskies in NB now.
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:04 PM

I figure the muskie in NB will be here before the Northerns get here. I guess I seen last year (through news and reports) that they have some very large muskies in NB now.



I'd hate to see muskies in Nova Scotia too, as impressive as they are.
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