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The One That Did Not Get Away! Fishing Northern Pike!
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The One That Did Not Get Away! Fishing Northern Pike!

Old fishing stories are wonderful to remember and tell, and I was asked what my biggest fish was that I ever caught. Well, it is too small to mention, but I was a witness to an experience about 35 years ago when I was a wee teenager that will always be one of my fondest memories of fishing and two teen age boys making memories on the shores of the Black River in Western Wisconsin fishing northern pike.

Dan, a good high school friend of mine was so into fishing, and he wanted to catch a trophy Norther Pike! I was all for this as we grew up fishing together and we knew all the good spots to catch them and what better way to spend the day! This fine Saturday afternoon we headed down to one of our favorite spots, a little cove off the fast paced Black River where we knew the big ones came to feed everyday. We had to cross a railroad bridge which every time I see the scene from the movie Stand By Me, I think of the two of us crossing this train bridge with all of our fishing gear and stuff, and wonder what if a train had actually ever came along while we were out there!

We got to our spot on the shore, a little 20 by 20 sand beach that drops off to about 10 feet deep water, and got our rigs set up. We were fishing with live chubs on treble hooks. We weighted them down so the sinkers went to the bottom, then the lead line would be about 3 feet off the bottom with the chub swimming around. When I Northern Pike would hit the bait he would take it out about 30 feet, strike it dead and let go of it. You had to be watching and know when to set the hook as he would then come back for his lunch and wham, you have him hooked.

Dan hooked a big one, you could tell by the way it was taking out line and the fight was on! It was a huge Northern Pike! He wrestled that fish for a good ten minutes and he was getting tired, as he was only about 5.5 and 100 pounds. He finally got it just about to shore and was shouting for me to get the net! get the net!

This is were everything went south so to speak. I retrieved the net, realized it was tangled up in the stringer, which rendered it useless. Relaying this info to Dan I grabbed hold of my gear and got it out of the way. there was no way after a 10 minute plus battle with this fish he was going to give it up, it was going to be landed and landed it was! He got it to shore and ran halfway up the hill dragging this 28 inch long Norther Pike onto the beach and this fish was not happy about this at all! It started doing the strangest flopping and flipping, broke free of the line, and started rolling back down the beach to the water. This was not what Dan was gonna let happen so he did a run a jump and caught the fish in a bear hug, only problem was his head was at the tail and his feet were at the fishes head.

Well, the tackle stunned the fish and it quit fighting, giving false victory to my friend, as he made the mistake of standing up! smiling he stated, "I got it!". Well he was close, he had the fish, but he was really about to get it. The fish woke up......... Yep, that fish did things to that boys face I will never forget. the tail started flopping back and forth, along with his head, bam bam bam, and the two of them went rolling down the beach and into the water in a wrestling match only Loral and Hardey could top.

I was laughing so hard I started crying, and then I got worried, they were both gone under water! What seemed like forever went by and then up and out of the water they both popped about 5 feet from shore and somehow he had this fish turned around and in another bear hug. This guy wanted this fish! He had me drag him and the fish back on shore and by this time they were both so wore out the just laid there, I managed to get the fish on the spare stringer out of his box, and we both sat back and sighed. he was bleeding from his forehead but he just did not care, he got the fish! He grinned at me and I grinned at him and the silence said it all. We had shore landed a Norther Pike !

I see Dan once in a while and I still see the scar that fish gave him on his forehead and it takes me back to that very special day of boyhood bonding and friendship and just plain determination. Boyhood adventures will always be ones to cherish, and this one was priceless and will always make me smile!

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Justin101  

Cool story Bro!

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Justin, and true!

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  about 7 years ago
Jo Green  

What a great story!! I like your style. No wonder why you are #1.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Jo

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  about 7 years ago
Golfspice  

Good story and well told!

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks!

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  about 7 years ago
Andy R  

Votes Up!

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  about 7 years ago

You have a way with words! No wonder you are sitting at #1. Great story! Brings back many memories of my own! Thanks for that, Shawn!

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  about 7 years ago

Renni asked me what the biggest fish was that got away? I just had to write the opposite, lol

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  about 7 years ago

Ha! So glad you did! It's a great one!

  
  about 7 years ago

love the story.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Alfred

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  about 7 years ago

Love it.

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  about 7 years ago

It was a hoot

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  about 7 years ago

Ah fishing does it get any better I think not...:) thanks Shawn

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  about 7 years ago

Anytime Tim

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  about 7 years ago

This one is for you Renni :)

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  about 7 years ago
AnnMarie  

LMAO....What a wonderful memory...I actually feel like I lived it due to the way you told it! Like it is ingrained in your memory - one of those to cherish forever. That fish wasn't goin' nowhere, no how. Your friend is very tenacious and I completely admire that! LOL Can't imagine the fish lost the fight in the water no less! I am still laughing! I had to work for a bit out of the house today and couldn't wait to get home cuz I knew you were working on this. It made my week! LOL what a great story! Thanks Shawn...I needed that! :) Liked here and on FB, G+'d, and Pinned!

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  about 7 years ago

My pleasure :)

  
  about 7 years ago

nothing like a good fishing memory - especially one that didn't get a way - great story

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  about 7 years ago

Thans Stephen

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  about 7 years ago
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