The predators of the green light

Pike

September 2015 . Canada

Martin Sack

The green light was changing its act continuously at the night sky. I was surprised how fast the light cones sometimes were moving, forming new or rising again out of an eruption, mixed with violet light. For Japanese tourists this natural winter show was getting very popular, and for some of them its magic was such awesome that they wanted to get babies or even die thereby. But for us the northern lights were only one of many aspects of this endless appearing Canadian water landscape of rivers and lakes. Tomorrow morning, with the rising sun, they would wake up again to get in feeding frequency just before the start of winter time – we were back to the country of trophy pikes!

After the grand catch success one year ago our expectations in this following tour were very high. Now we started with four anglers, with two boats and local guides. For a group event it was too risky for me to fish on own and camp in the wilderness, but to book a bigger lodge with many boats on the water was also no option. Finally I choose a basis style camp with simple cabins, where we had the fishing stretch for us alone. Of course, thereby we had to fish a little bit more locally, and this water stretch was also for me new. Furthermore I never fished in the past in the fall for Canadian pikes, this was making everything more exiting and we all hoped for many action on our spinning rods. As the small float plane was landing in the wild, a new adventure was starting!

While the temperature was falling close to freezing point at night, at day it was pleasant with 15°C and most time no wind. The low rising sun of fall was immerging the landscape in a golden light, highlighted also by the yellow leaves. We were at all our ten fishing days very lucky, because an early winter start would have bring the first snow. At this time of year the whitefish were migrating from the lakes into the rivers to spawn at rocky water structures. Because this salmonides had in average a length of 30-50cm, most time only pikes more than 90cm were following them – and exactly this gathering of predators and prey we wanted to locate!

What can I report – our tactic was working from the beginning and enduring, and the trophy pike madness could start again! The fishes were heavy at this time and strong fighters in the current. At the right places we faced bite on bite, and there rarely pikes under 90cm were seeing the boat. When fishing at spots without whitefish normally only smaller pikes attacked the lures. The days with searching, casting and catching were very amusing, and the meter pikes seemed to be endless in numbers. Most of the big pikes were lurking in a water depth of 2-4m, and rubber shads running a little bit deeper were leading to most success. However, we experienced also many attacks on sight or trophy pikes were following hooked predators close to the boat. We were back to pike heaven and star hour fishing was our daily program! We could outwit the biggest pike of 1,22m in two days three times – on a stretch of two kilometers. So the save handling had success, also the effective fishing at the hot spots…

Around ninety percent of all pikes we caught with Trophy Shads in 15 or 18cm, Real Eels, other shads up to 23cm and spinnerbaits where producing also some trophy pikes. We fished all rubber lures with spiral jig and only one barbless treble hook on the back. So we could reduce the risk of harming the pikes to a minimum, and had not more failed bites and hooks getting off compared to the use of more hooks. Even when fishing them close together the size of the lures seemed to be secondary. Much more important was the right presentation and running depth of the lure, adapted to the situation! In the same way a suitable choice of color was clearly leading to more success, whereas the basic rules every should already know: The brighter the day and clearer the water, the lure decor should be more natural.

At the end of our tour we managed to beat the result of the previous year and caught 1075 pikes, among them 206 pikes more than one meter, 47 of them between 1,10-1,22m! Minimum the half of all not trophy pikes were more than 90cm long. The best daily result in numbers was 150 pikes, the most successful big fish days was counting 29 meter pikes. Most successful daily boat result was 19 meter pikes, best personal result 11 trophies and 60 predators. Furthermore we caught next to few small walleyes two very nice Inconnus of 0,94 and 1,02m as bycatch. Statistics important or not – every one of us got one´s money worth and all expectations have been outstripped! Canada is and will stay the ultimate destination for many fun with big pikes in unbelievable nature! Many thanks at the complete group – this was a brilliant trip!

Statistic

Angler: Carl, Wolfgang, Frank, Martin

Fishing days: 10

Pikes in total: 1075

Pikes more than 1m: 206

Inconnus: 2 (biggest 1.02m)

Walleyes: 4

Statistic trophy pikes in lenght (in m):

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