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The one that got away

4/3/20 @ 10:19 PM
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n.pike
n.pike
USER SINCE 4/2/02

Share your story of the one that got away! We all have likely plenty of examples!

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10/13/21 @ 3:07 PM
Leechster
Leechster
USER SINCE 1/22/21

Maybe 8yrs ago, Father-in-Law and I went fishing on Powers Lake in SE Wisconsin. We’re on east side in a little bay doing weed and Lilly Pad edges for bass. He’s on the front deck, and I’m fishing rear. Our backs are facing each other. All the sudden, I hear a small splash and I have a 24” Pike that just slapped itself against my calf’s! I thought my FIL flipped it into the boat and accidentally nailed me. His back was still facing me and he was still busy fishin! I started laughing out loud, and he turned and thought I caught it!
The only reason I know it was 24” is because 26” is a keeper and I wanted to mount it. That would be good fishing stories at living room bar!
A friend who is an outdoors expert/guide type said he has ”Heard”, that Pike do a thing rarely called Porpoising. Where they will use their tail fin to keep their front half above water momentarily. He also said nobody really knows why they do it, and is rarely seen.
Funny thing about a lot of these stories is you wonder if anybody believes you!?! Lol Her FIL is still alive as witness!! Lol

10/13/21 @ 12:39 PM
NPike_Guy
NPike_Guy
USER SINCE 8/25/08

Gosh there's too many to count at this point but here's the highlight, (or lowlight), of 2021 so far. My buddies and I were on a hot pike bite with lots of fish in the low to upper 30's each trip and three breaking the 40 inch mark which is pretty solid for inland Wisconsin waters. Anywho, one afternoon I set the hook into the biggest northern I've seen in 10 years! My 10" jerkbait was completely engulfed. After a quick battle my buddy scooped her up into my muskie net and the celebration commenced. While unhooking the fish I remarked to him about how I only seem to get my biggest pike while I'm fishing alone so I always have to settle for net pics since I'm a catch and release guy, and how great it was going to be to finally get some nice pics. Right after lowering the fish back into the bag so she could get some oxygen, the sucker rod goes off and here we are with another double. No big deal right? Next thing I know, Jumbino goes bonkers in the net and puts a cat sized hole through my bag and escapes without photographic documentation... I don't think she was my PR but damn was that a nice fish... Certainly the biggest I've put in the bag since the holy 2011 season. Realistically thinking that she was around 44" and FAT. Moral of the story, don't let your net bag go too long before replacing it.

10/12/21 @ 6:09 PM
Leechster
Leechster
USER SINCE 1/22/21

Great vid Tiefsa!

10/12/21 @ 5:37 PM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
USER SINCE 10/25/16

I was fishing in the Milwaukee River with a crankbait trying to catch some nice smallmouth.  I hooked up with a really nice pike instead.  My buddy was fishing with me and he had a net.  I led the pike to his net, and it was in, but then it wasn't!  The crankbait hooked onto the net. The pike was a little bigger than the net and flopped out. I've never really targeted big pike, so I can't say exactly how large it was but we both got a good look at it.  I'd say it was around 3 feet.  Here's the video proof (towards the end of the video)


10/10/21 @ 7:28 AM
griff n
griff n
USER SINCE 6/17/11

While fishing the K/D salmon tournament this year the wire dipsy took off. Had a F/Fly combo on it. As soon as it hit knew it was a big fish just by how much line peeled off on the first run. I always grab the pole and hand it off to whoever I am fishing with. Before I handed it off the fish had already taken more line out than has ever been off that reel before. I have had that pole for at least 15 yrs and it has accounted for a lot of nice fish.With a fish like that I start clearing the other poles and will clear them all and shut motor off and fight the fish. Doing this is then like you hooked up casting vs all the fight out the back of the boat.I get a big kick out of fighting them that way. After about ten minutes I saw the pole suddenly go limb. If you ever caught a fish on wire you know you feel every thing the fish does. My buddy said he could feel it shaking its head right before it went limb. Have heard they can bite you off but in all my years never had it happen. I run 22 inch lead from flasher to fly and when reeled in had about 20 inches off  line, and that is 40lb test. The K/D pays 10000.00 dollars for the biggest fish for the week but pays down at least 125 places. It may not have been the winner but for sure would have been in the money. That one will be, what if, for the rest of my years out there.Bigger than any of these pictured for sure

10/10/21 @ 12:38 AM
Bemidji-Bergquist
Bemidji-Bergquist
USER SINCE 3/23/20

Ice fishing the Mississippi river backwaters set in about 4-5 fow with tip downs for perch using 4 lb test and a Rosie red so fishing solo my tip down goes like half down then l approach the tip down when I got about 10 ft from it rod went down hard and the reel was screaming a ht little jigger rod and reel combo so I get my hands on the rod and set the hook definitely not a perch so I slowly worked it back to the hole heart was racing it was a monster pike made the 10" hole look small had two shots at trying to turn it up the hole with 2 0" of ice both times it would take off about 50yards then on my last attempt the line broke it would of easily been my pb pike l would estimate it at 42"-45" and real fat it was last week of February. Now evertime I fish the spot I'm like how could I not have landed it but that fishing.

10/9/21 @ 10:03 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER SINCE 4/2/02
Lets fire this one up again. Any more stories?


8/14/20 @ 6:56 PM
SuspendedMusky
SuspendedMusky
USER SINCE 12/9/08

Here's another one from a couple of years ago.  I was casting a 9.5" straight model crankbait when the lure disappeared (no weight) on the retrieve.  I instantly set the hooks and could tell by the resistance it was a big fish.  The musky stayed deep and had massive headshakes and several deep corkscrewing, drag pulling runs.  I finally got it up to the surface and began guiding it towards the boat and the net.  I could see the twisting/diving runs had bent the crap out of the front hook and the middle hook.  It was a 35 lb class, low 50 inch northern WI musky.  Once it got close to the boat, it began a violent thrashing head shake, pounding the lure on the side of the boat.  Pop!!!  The solid crankbait broke in 2 pieces (just behind the middle hook) and the fish threw the lure. It laid there at the side of the boat for a split second before taking off.  Had we known that was going to happen, my fishing partner may have been able to scoop it up quick, but he had the net out of the way while it was going crazy at boatside.

Below are the "bent to crap" front hooks and a large tooth it left imbedded in the head of the crankbait.  I saved these as evidence of "one that got away".

7/24/20 @ 6:55 PM
Captain Dave
USER SINCE 12/29/04

A number of years ago a good friend (inexperienced fisherman) from work and I were fishing the Wisconsin Dells past the Rivers Edge Resort. It was early fall and a Saturday. We were scheduled to pull the boat around 3:00pm as Steve needed to get home by 6:00pm as his wife was going out that evening for an annual “girls night” out.
We were doing one last drift over a deep hole and Steve (who had loaded up his jig with 3 minnows) said that I needed to back up as he was snagged. Turns out Steve wasn’t snagged but had a huge sturgeon on. We fought that fish for the next 2 hours, frequently calling his wife explaining we weren’t at a bar but her husband had a huge fish on. She was kind and said just catch the fish and take a picture!
As said earlier, Steve didn’t fish much. He would often reel his line and not actually turn the fish at all, but he put a lot of line twist into his fishing line. We chased that fishing up and down a good hundred yard stretch. When it started to run, it was like being hooked to the back bumper of a truck. Once we got it close to the boat and the water was churning from the front to the end of the (16 foot) boat on the side where Steve was trying to get the fish up. Eventually we started losing light and Steve’s fishing line started wrapping itself around the top tip of his rod and he couldn’t give the fish any line. I unwrapped it a few times but unfortunately I didn’t get there fast enough the last time and that huge fish snapped his line. It sounded like a gun shot. We never did get to see that fish....Steve, a former Marine Captain almost cried as he felt so bad not getting a glimpse of his big fish that got away!
 His wife says Steve’s got the greatest “big fish that got away” story of his whole family!

7/15/20 @ 9:11 PM
uplander
uplander
USER SINCE 10/6/09

13 years old in 1975 and my second season of deer hunting in my life. As I walked down a Oconto county fire lane close to our home kicking at stones and clumps of dirt as I walked ,the kinda of buck that only appears in your dreams while you are sleeping gets up right along side the fire lane and takes off and makes a turn to cross the fire lane oh about 20 yards in front of me. I get my 3 shots off with a 12 gauge that was pretty much bigger then I was. And never ever touch him. I still have dreams about that buck and I dont think I have ever seen a bigger buck again in my life. Alive or dead. I was one nerveous,scared,excited young teenager thats for sure.

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