Chasing Ohio State Record Esox Lucius...Northern Pike

BullyBee

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My wife is Canadian so I moved up here. Is what it is. Anyway, we have some amazing pike fishing here in Alberta.

Pike and trout are my favourite to fish for, even though I don’t have a boat, I still enjoy the fishing.

My main set up for pike is Shimano SLX DC reel with a St. Croix rod. Say what you want about the reel, but it is really cool to me. Especially on windy days.

Anyway, best of luck and keep us updated on what’s going on.
 

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My wife is Canadian so I moved up here. Is what it is. Anyway, we have some amazing pike fishing here in Alberta.

Pike and trout are my favourite to fish for, even though I don’t have a boat, I still enjoy the fishing.

My main set up for pike is Shimano SLX DC reel with a St. Croix rod. Say what you want about the reel, but it is really cool to me. Especially on windy days.

Anyway, best of luck and keep us updated on what’s going on.
Nothin to be disappointed about livin in canada...esp with so many esox around, ur lucky lol... im not one to “gear shame” either. We dont even have real pike gear here in the states. Im partial to abu garcia ambassador’s, thats my grandfathers doing. Just cant not use them. I have one thats older than me i just retired a cple yrs ago. My everyday pike setup is a lews fire stick, 7’3” heavy fast with an abu ambassador $60 model. I have 8’-9’ croixs i rarely bring out paired with expensive abu’s and i find the cheaper models perform better in the cold. The drag goes out around 45 degrees on the nice models lol... makes no sense. Probably because theres more metal parts inside to sieze up. Gotta use what you like and are comfortable with. With heavy line and a good wire trace no need for anything fancy. Ive bagged both my PB muskie and pike on my “light” setup. Kinda funny i never get smoked on the heavy gear and it gets tiring chucking the “pool sticks” all the time. My baits are designed to be lighter so they can be thrown on “heavy bass gear” and kinda keep up with the trend of downsizing for large toothy critters. Im a bank guy, i travel miles at a time on foot and its nice to carry one rod that can throw an 1/8oz jig or a 12” bait with ease. Heres a pic of my “everyday ride”... i have 4 sets of the same thing i like it so much 😂😂💀
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Cple recent cold water eats if anyones interested lol... had sucess on my gold n silver PikeShad in 46 degree water and also white and purple in a guppy jr. glider at 44 degree water. 1st pic went 39”, a nice fall fattie. I neglected to hit record for better pics of her 🤦‍♂️💀... still kicking myself for that. I always take a quick video to get pics from later for a quick release. 1st time i didnt hit record in all my years, such a let down. Glad i took a pic before unhooking to atleast show my original bait in her mouth tho.
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Cple recent cold water eats if anyones interested lol... had sucess on my gold n silver PikeShad in 46 degree water and also white and purple in a guppy jr. glider at 44 degree water. 1st pic went 39”, a nice fall fattie. I neglected to hit record for better pics of her 🤦‍♂️💀... still kicking myself for that. I always take a quick video to get pics from later for a quick release. 1st time i didnt hit record in all my years, such a let down. Glad i took a pic before unhooking to atleast show my original bait in her mouth tho.
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Awesome!!! If I were a fisherman definitely would buy your lure's.
 
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Awesome!!! If I were a fisherman definitely would buy your lure's.
Much appreciated man! I gotta get my fix somehow these days 😂💀... all the same tho really. Got into keeping fish from fishing in the 1st place...full cycle...
 
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I love what you’re doing. Keep it up and keep us informed.
Thank you 🙏... ill keep this thread goin as my Esox Log lol... no luck today on the water, temps keep droppin and i keep chuckin bombs 😂💀... tryin to get my big girl to eat again. I know shes gotta b pushin 30lbs by now feasting up for winter. 🐊. Making a new glider just to try to intice her. She knows my tricks...and the PikeShad
 

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One of my favourite fish, as you can probably tell, lol.

I'm from the uk and back in the day when my passion for angling encompassed my whole life I used to do a bit of winter esox fishing.

Just out of curiosity, why do you think your state record is so small? A 22.5lb esox, although a nice size, is a tiddler in esox terms. I believe the world record is 56lbs and even here in the uk we've topped out at 46lb.

Given their potential you'd think that somewhere in Ohio there's a leviathan lurking, with your name on it!

Good luck, and nice lures by the way.
 

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One of my favourite fish, as you can probably tell, lol.

I'm from the uk and back in the day when my passion for angling encompassed my whole life I used to do a bit of winter esox fishing.

Just out of curiosity, why do you think your state record is so small? A 22.5lb esox, although a nice size, is a tiddler in esox terms. I believe the world record is 56lbs and even here in the uk we've topped out at 46lb.

Given their potential you'd think that somewhere in Ohio there's a leviathan lurking, with your name on it!

Good luck, and nice lures by the way.
Thanks for the response and appreciate the kind words about my baits... id love to have a trip to ur neck of the woods lol. I follow and soak up any bit of info i can from the UK and anywhere but america really, hence my company name “CreekPikerLures”, I love u guys haha. Im probably one of the only “American Pikers” out there aside from a few who intentionally target them. U guys are light years ahead of us on the Esox game. It is extremely baffling to me the amount of uninformed people here in the states and their disrespect for Esox Lucius...
Plain and simple, Americans are stupid and disrespectful. They consider pike a nuisance fish that eats their precious walleye and or other fish they intend on consuming. Most states have no regulations or season on them either much like my own here in dirty ole Ohio.
Why is my state record a fart in the wind for ole Esox Lucius...thats why, and its sad such an amazing predator is treated like garbage here. No season, no size or daily limit and people literally throw them on the bank or use em for fertilizer thinking they “eat everything in the lake” or whatever body of water theyre on. Makes me sick lol...
Luckily peoples stupidity can also help them thrive a bit in that no one or not many intentionally target them so theres no intentional fishing pressure. Bad part is any “jacks” caught on accident are usually consumed. Every spring i see reports of good fish 40-48” headed to the dinner table or being put up as a wall mount taken from trolling walleye fishermen.
Musky fishing is becoming more popular here so a handful of guys might respect pike a bit, in other states there legally used as bait for musky 🤦‍♂️💀... what dumb americans dont understand is that pike can and will get just a big as musky. Proper handeling techniques and putting fish back could go a long way to sustaining a great population of sport fish across the states. Musky are inferior life forms 😂... they cant hack it in most waters there present in and pike seem to thrive and naturally produce in the same waters musky have to be stocked in to be sustainable.
Pike naturally produce in my area, i find YOY every year and it makes me extremly happy to keep them close to home. I keep it a secret. Any fishermen i do see i lie and say im fishing “for bass”. I live a stones throw away from the largest lake in the state with naturally producing pike. I fish the outflow and creek from the lake. (Basically a canal) If im finding healthy populations of 30-40” fish i know 100% theres plenty state records in the lake. My creek flows into a larger river that is mostly untouched also so theres plenty 30lbers in there aswell no one is aware of or looks for.
Being from the UK and an avid piker... i know u know theres 2 classes of pikes... anyone can catch a jack on accident. The big girls are seasoned and smart. There a whole nother beast to tango with and sucessfully target. State record is so small here because it was caught on accident lol... No one has probably ever used dead baiting techniques in the state in winter, thrown appropriate lures or even thought about hitting the deepest part of the lakes with vertical jigging or trolling big baits.
Sorry for my long rant 😂... im very passionate on this subject lol and it really does anger me people are so uninformed here in my area. U guys tear each other up for not even using a landing mat. I literally get laughed at for throwing large baits and figure 8ing from shore amongst a populous of pan fishermen 🤦‍♂️💀... im just 1 guy with limited bank acess encountering “above average” fish for my state every year. I agree with you theres got to be a good population of leviathans floating around and thriving right under peoples noses. Im preparing a small boat for next season and hope to expand my reaches on the lake and larger rivers. I enjoy it because no 1 else is doing it here... honestly had no idea my own state record was so small. My recent 46” to me was just my first “real pike” i got evidence of. A far cry from their true potential as you know. She was no where near the size i encountered as a kid. I was 16 live baiting for catfish and got to witness a 30-35lb beauty of a girl. Being a stupid american myself i had no idea how to handle her. Was too big for me to grab behind the head and i dropped her on the bank, back into davey jones locker she went with a hook down the gullet... i know i probably killed her and its haunted me ever since. Also instilled a lifetime of learning how to handle them properly, use proper gear and get every last one of them back in the water safely to thrive and make me more babies 😂... Its been an 18yr journey to learn and encounter a fish even near her size but i know there out there. Ive been to canada and shes still the largest pike ive ever seen, from a small (canal) at that. The dream lives on and one day i will crack that 30lb+ mark again. I make my own baits because i cant get anything good here lol... i model everything i make from u guys across the pond and it works every time. i cant even get a shallow screw rig or proper swimbait weight here 😂 its a joke. Good for a potential buisness offering what americans dont have but the problem is still mis information and poor knowledge here across the board.
Again, sorry for my lifes story lol... not often i get to chat with a real Piker 🤘😈🤘🐊
 

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Thanks for the response and appreciate the kind words about my baits... id love to have a trip to ur neck of the woods lol. I follow and soak up any bit of info i can from the UK and anywhere but america really, hence my company name “CreekPikerLures”, I love u guys haha. Im probably one of the only “American Pikers” out there aside from a few who intentionally target them. U guys are light years ahead of us on the Esox game. It is extremely baffling to me the amount of uninformed people here in the states and their disrespect for Esox Lucius...
Plain and simple, Americans are stupid and disrespectful. They consider pike a nuisance fish that eats their precious walleye and or other fish they intend on consuming. Most states have no regulations or season on them either much like my own here in dirty ole Ohio.
Why is my state record a fart in the wind for ole Esox Lucius...thats why, and its sad such an amazing predator is treated like garbage here. No season, no size or daily limit and people literally throw them on the bank or use em for fertilizer thinking they “eat everything in the lake” or whatever body of water theyre on. Makes me sick lol...
Luckily peoples stupidity can also help them thrive a bit in that no one or not many intentionally target them so theres no intentional fishing pressure. Bad part is any “jacks” caught on accident are usually consumed. Every spring i see reports of good fish 40-48” headed to the dinner table or being put up as a wall mount taken from trolling walleye fishermen.
Musky fishing is becoming more popular here so a handful of guys might respect pike a bit, in other states there legally used as bait for musky 🤦‍♂️💀... what dumb americans dont understand is that pike can and will get just a big as musky. Proper handeling techniques and putting fish back could go a long way to sustaining a great population of sport fish across the states. Musky are inferior life forms 😂... they cant hack it in most waters there present in and pike seem to thrive and naturally produce in the same waters musky have to be stocked in to be sustainable.
Pike naturally produce in my area, i find YOY every year and it makes me extremly happy to keep them close to home. I keep it a secret. Any fishermen i do see i lie and say im fishing “for bass”. I live a stones throw away from the largest lake in the state with naturally producing pike. I fish the outflow and creek from the lake. (Basically a canal) If im finding healthy populations of 30-40” fish i know 100% theres plenty state records in the lake. My creek flows into a larger river that is mostly untouched also so theres plenty 30lbers in there aswell no one is aware of or looks for.
Being from the UK and an avid piker... i know u know theres 2 classes of pikes... anyone can catch a jack on accident. The big girls are seasoned and smart. There a whole nother beast to tango with and sucessfully target. State record is so small here because it was caught on accident lol... No one has probably ever used dead baiting techniques in the state in winter, thrown appropriate lures or even thought about hitting the deepest part of the lakes with vertical jigging or trolling big baits.
Sorry for my long rant 😂... im very passionate on this subject lol and it really does anger me people are so uninformed here in my area. U guys tear each other up for not even using a landing mat. I literally get laughed at for throwing large baits and figure 8ing from shore amongst a populous of pan fishermen 🤦‍♂️💀... im just 1 guy with limited bank acess encountering “above average” fish for my state every year. I agree with you theres got to be a good population of leviathans floating around and thriving right under peoples noses. Im preparing a small boat for next season and hope to expand my reaches on the lake and larger rivers. I enjoy it because no 1 else is doing it here... honestly had no idea my own state record was so small. My recent 46” to me was just my first “real pike” i got evidence of. A far cry from their true potential as you know. She was no where near the size i encountered as a kid. I was 16 live baiting for catfish and got to witness a 30-35lb beauty of a girl. Being a stupid american myself i had no idea how to handle her. Was too big for me to grab behind the head and i dropped her on the bank, back into davey jones locker she went with a hook down the gullet... i know i probably killed her and its haunted me ever since. Also instilled a lifetime of learning how to handle them properly, use proper gear and get every last one of them back in the water safely to thrive and make me more babies 😂... Its been an 18yr journey to learn and encounter a fish even near her size but i know there out there. Ive been to canada and shes still the largest pike ive ever seen, from a small (canal) at that. The dream lives on and one day i will crack that 30lb+ mark again. I make my own baits because i cant get anything good here lol... i model everything i make from u guys across the pond and it works every time. i cant even get a shallow screw rig or proper swimbait weight here 😂 its a joke. Good for a potential buisness offering what americans dont have but the problem is still mis information and poor knowledge here across the board.
Again, sorry for my lifes story lol... not often i get to chat with a real Piker 🤘😈🤘🐊
In my state, we have a lot of respect for pike, a lot of pike fisherman and there is a river near me that has pike 24/7 and they are easy to target. But I guess outside my state, others think differently. I’m annoyed about how people kill bowfins and Gars thinking they are nuisances, or people think buffalo suckers are Asian carps and kill them on spot.
 
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