Heading up north to fish for pike has been on my bucket list for a long time. Sometimes called the wolves of the water, these predator fish can grow to be around 5 feet long and weigh over 50 pounds, although it’s much more common to find one in the 20-30 inch, 3-5 pound range. Being very territorial, pike usually live solitary lives and only mingle with their own to breed.
Pike are aggressive ambush predators, tending to hunker down for long periods of stillness in shallow waters until their prey, typically small fish, swim past. They then show remarkable speed, bursting towards them and striking before the prey has even a chance to react.
For the most part, their diet consists of small fish, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take a chance at other sources of food, like we can see play out in this video from Fairbanks, Alaska.
A man spotted a decent sized pike basking in the sun just a few feet off the shore and starts to film it. A mother duck and her young are a little ways off, and while I’m sure the thought crossed his mind, I’d bet he didn’t actually think the pike would attempt to make a meal out of a little duckling.
But that’s exactly what happened when the family got closer to the pike, who very calmly turned itself around and waited for one to separate from the others just a bit, and then it made its move.
Showing off some remarkable hunting abilities, the pike shot like a dagger through the water and exploded through one of the baby ducks, swallowing it whole before either it, or its mother, could react. The mother duck jumped on top and tried to fight off the pike, but it was too late. The pike went under the water and swam off to digest, leaving the mother duck with one less youngling to take care of.
I’ve seen a few videos where people try to fish with duck lures before but never really thought pike would actually feed on live ducks, but here I am once again impressed with the brutality of nature.
I’ve got to take a trip to fish for these beasts.
I know what you fishermen are thinking…
Kayak Fisherman Hooks Monster Pike On Topwater Duck Lure
Every fisherman out there should tune in and have peek because there’s a new lure idea here, and it’s worth getting in on the action. I love seeing different lures being used. Top waters just seem to be so much more satisfying though. There’s something about seeing a fish come out of the water and blowup on a lure that makes something as great as fishing even better.
When it’s something like a full-sized duckling? Even better than that.
The fisherman from North Dakota sets out in his kayak and starts casting the hefty top water lure in search of monster pike. Right off the bat he draws one in but misses it. Following that up, as he reels in you can see a beautiful fish following the duckling in. The fisherman realizes and starts to move the rod as the line gets to close, he gives a jerk to make the duckling move fast and the pike attacks.
The fisherman fights the fish as it strips some line out on him. Eventually he gets it into the net and holds it in front of his camera. What a fish. It seems even more satisfying on this lure. He continues fishing and has really good luck with the lure. The man keeps on catching a few pike and having more come after the lure. Lots of action for using an uncommon lure.
He might just have himself a bit of a honey hole here, but this lure is definitely worth the try.
8-Year Old Kid Catches An Absolute Monster Muskie
It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Taking the young lad out for a day of fishing is always great for making lasting memories, regardless of the outcome for the amount caught. That doesn’t mean that fathers aren’t hopeful that their kid hooks into a fish so big and spectacular that they will remember and be hooked for life.
It’s every fisherman’s dream to catch a fish like that, but to have it happen with your child is what ever father can dream of.
It just so happened that this family had that experience while out for a day of lake fishing. An 8-year old and his father were out for a fish in their boat on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake when the kids rod just started whaling. ]
A big fish started striping line out as the father hustles to help his son…
As the father coaches and helps his kid through it, you can feel the excitement growing as it gets closer and closer to the boat. As the dad grabs thee net, you know the kid is pumped up.
“Do we got him?”
As he wrestles this monster into the net and up in the boat, you can sense the relief.
“We got him!”
As the pair banter back in forth in excitement, it just melts a person’s heart and takes them right back to childhood with their father. This is what it’s all about. The dad gets him to hold his big ol’ catch high up. Weighing over 50 pounds, the muskie is much bigger than the 8-year old who struggles to hold it for a picture.
I bet that pic will be hung on the wall for a while.