Chasing Ohio State Record Esox Lucius...Northern Pike

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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 🤘😈🤘🐊
Wow, you really are passionate about old Esox, lol. I wouldn't consider myself a true piker, far from it lol. Most of my decent pike were caught by mistake whilst I was fishing for perch, which is my first true love angling wise, and even then I think my biggest was only around 18lb. To have the best chance of catching the biggest well conditioned pike it's more advantageous to go during pike season, which is winter, not exactly my favourite fishing weather, lol.

Going back years and years the pike was looked upon with utter contempt in the uk, like you're experiencing now. As commercial mixed coarse fisheries became more and more popular with day anglers the owners quickly realised that pike were bad news. Not only were they eating all the stock, but whenever a pike would enter a swim, all the action would dry up for the angler as the target fish just swam away. And if an angler inadvertently hooked into a pike it would result in the pike ruining the swim even more whilst fighting, and then it would get away once it bit through the line, leaving anglers somewhat perturbed. Anglers and commercial fishery owners hated them. And a lot were killed.

But nowadays pike fishing is big business. The Norfolk Broads in England and Loch Lomond in Scotland have historically been the places to catch huge pike. But overtaking both of those places is a huge trout fishery in Wales called Llandegfedd Reservoir, which is currently where the British record came from. I mean imagine how big pike are going to get with a diet of huge trout! Apparently there's pike in there well over 60lb but then again we know what fishermans tales are like!!

And yes, one of their downfalls, if you don't mind the masses of bones, which I don't, is that they taste beautiful. I've eaten many jack pike in my time. Simply grilled with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Takes some beating.

I have no doubt that someone as inspired as you regarding pike, and given their potential huge size, that it won't be long before you hook into a monster, especially if not many others are targeting them. Good luck.
 
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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.
Misinformation will always be a problem For certain species... nothin we can do but our own part even tho it may be minimal being just 1 person. The bowfin thing gets me also. “Snakehead kill it” 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️... i see it about every day on the local fishing reports. Can’t really do much if the state doesn’t care. There only concerned about making money off popular game fish such as walleye/saugeye/steelhead here in ohio that they stock/produce. I get it, have to keep people employed but its all a racquet. They came and got me at work for having a wels catfish that posed no harm to the state as 1 fish, albino at that... yet they produce and release millions of non native fish and hybrids every year 😂🤔... Joke...
 
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Wow, you really are passionate about old Esox, lol. I wouldn't consider myself a true piker, far from it lol. Most of my decent pike were caught by mistake whilst I was fishing for perch, which is my first true love angling wise, and even then I think my biggest was only around 18lb. To have the best chance of catching the biggest well conditioned pike it's more advantageous to go during pike season, which is winter, not exactly my favourite fishing weather, lol.

Going back years and years the pike was looked upon with utter contempt in the uk, like you're experiencing now. As commercial mixed coarse fisheries became more and more popular with day anglers the owners quickly realised that pike were bad news. Not only were they eating all the stock, but whenever a pike would enter a swim, all the action would dry up for the angler as the target fish just swam away. And if an angler inadvertently hooked into a pike it would result in the pike ruining the swim even more whilst fighting, and then it would get away once it bit through the line, leaving anglers somewhat perturbed. Anglers and commercial fishery owners hated them. And a lot were killed.

But nowadays pike fishing is big business. The Norfolk Broads in England and Loch Lomond in Scotland have historically been the places to catch huge pike. But overtaking both of those places is a huge trout fishery in Wales called Llandegfedd Reservoir, which is currently where the British record came from. I mean imagine how big pike are going to get with a diet of huge trout! Apparently there's pike in there well over 60lb but then again we know what fishermans tales are like!!

And yes, one of their downfalls, if you don't mind the masses of bones, which I don't, is that they taste beautiful. I've eaten many jack pike in my time. Simply grilled with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Takes some beating.

I have no doubt that someone as inspired as you regarding pike, and given their potential huge size, that it won't be long before you hook into a monster, especially if not many others are targeting them. Good luck.
Tough when u see the potential of a fishery but noone else does. I try and follow all the world wide “fights” also lol... will always be someone out there against it, prob a trout guy 😂... Its nice to see places like Italy embracing the potential income off it like ur seeing in ur area and the amazing reports of monsters after only 10yrs or so. Hopefully practices will continue to improve here in the states and in my area in particular. Im 10min from a “gold mine”... state uses the lake to produce walleye and walleye hybrids for the rest of the state. Theyve indirectly created the “walleye eater” apex predator with an endless buffet of treats lol🤘😈🤘... good for me i guess no1 is out there chuckin walleye sized baits 😂. Really appreciate your comments and kind words... really fuels the fire to keep grinding in winter, as you know its tough going this time of year. I hate it also 😂... really trying to stay out there this year tho and learn the “winter bite”
 
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Few decent 30 class girls from this spring... temps r gettin too hot to target them ethically so its time for a break until fall 🐊💀... Some of my hand made original gliders ive sold aswell 🤙. Follow me on instagram for regular content/inquries @CreekPikerLures #CreekPikerLures #CreekRat #CrocHunter #OriginalDesigns #DieTrying
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Few decent 30 class girls from this spring... temps r gettin too hot to target them ethically so its time for a break until fall 🐊💀... Some of my hand made original gliders ive sold aswell 🤙. Follow me on instagram for regular content/inquries @CreekPikerLures #CreekPikerLures #CreekRat #CrocHunter #OriginalDesigns #DieTrying
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Great catch and those lures look awesome.
The Pike looks like it's smiling 😆
 
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Great catch and those lures look awesome.
The Pike looks like it's smiling 😆
Much appreciated man! And lol, she does... prob happy i caught her and not another local or shed b on a dinner plate 😂🤦‍♂️
 
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Few decent 30 class girls from this spring... temps r gettin too hot to target them ethically so its time for a break until fall 🐊💀... Some of my hand made original gliders ive sold aswell 🤙. Follow me on instagram for regular content/inquries @CreekPikerLures #CreekPikerLures #CreekRat #CrocHunter #OriginalDesigns #DieTrying
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Nice catches, and lures. Do you target anything during the warmer months or do you simply put your gear away and wait for the cold weather to come back for the pike?
 
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Nice catches, and lures. Do you target anything during the warmer months or do you simply put your gear away and wait for the cold weather to come back for the pike?
Thanks man! 🤙 I try to stay in the shop more stock piling baits for the fall season/sales but when the itch needs scratched 😂 i target smallmouth bass in a different river. Used to do alot of carp/catfishing in my younger yrs. Really just use the down time to carve new designs these days tho. Forces me to work which is a good thing lol...
 

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Thanks man! 🤙 I try to stay in the shop more stock piling baits for the fall season/sales but when the itch needs scratched 😂 i target smallmouth bass in a different river. Used to do alot of carp/catfishing in my younger yrs. Really just use the down time to carve new designs these days tho. Forces me to work which is a good thing lol...
Yeah I know what you mean regarding the "itch". When you've gotta go, you've gotta go. Hopefully I might be wetting a line tomorrow at a local fishery. Hopefully though I'll be catching fish minus the attitude...and teeth, lol.
 

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36” Fall Fattie today on my new “PikeSnakLRG” 👊🐊💀😈🔥… 1st fish to eat this bait… she was followed by 4 others, same bait, same swim… Beautifully miserable day to be out… high winds, sleet, cold… love it 😂💀 #CreekPikerLures #OriginalDesigns #ProvenBaits #PikeSnakLRG #DieTrying

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