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COTD Late Appointment With Fox River Pike

I caught my first Northern Pike ever. Boy was it sweet.

I’ve been avoiding fishing for the last 2 weeks, because the rivers have been so high. It’s too much effort to get up early, drive 20 miles out of my way, just to catch nothing, or so I thought. So I’ve been catching up on sleep and trying to keep occupied. But this week the fishing itch was just too much.

The rivers are still high, but I figured a drive out to the Fox would at least be interesting, even if I didn’t manage to catch anything. I might as well see what the river LOOKS like when it’s high and fast, right? And besides, I had a 9:45 doctor’s appointment in Batavia, so why bother going in to work for just an hour when I can spend some time outdoors?

I arrived around 7:30 and caught 2 small walleye on a Berkley Powerbait minnow within 5 minutes. Awesome, trip justified. Then I caught nothing for about a ½ hour, so I eased my way down shore. At that time, an older gent, whom I’ve seen there and fished with often, showed up, and informed me that bass were biting just a little further down shore. Giddy up! I joined him and caught 3 10” bass and a 12” carpsucker on the same Berkley bait. Good clean fun.

He was killing them with fatheads. He caught 3 bass to every 1 that I caught. (I should have switched to Crabby Bass Helgies, darn! Next time for sure.) Then he switched to roaches and started catching bass in the 15-16” range.(all largemouth, by the way)


I caught my first Northern Pike ever. Boy was it sweet.

I’ve been avoiding fishing for the last 2 weeks, because the rivers have been so high. It’s too much effort to get up early, drive 20 miles out of my way, just to catch nothing, or so I thought. So I’ve been catching up on sleep and trying to keep occupied. But this week the fishing itch was just too much.

The rivers are still high, but I figured a drive out to the Fox would at least be interesting, even if I didn’t manage to catch anything. I might as well see what the river LOOKS like when it’s high and fast, right? And besides, I had a 9:45 doctor’s appointment in Batavia, so why bother going in to work for just an hour when I can spend some time outdoors?

I arrived around 7:30 and caught 2 small walleye on a Berkley Powerbait minnow within 5 minutes. Awesome, trip justified. Then I caught nothing for about a ½ hour, so I eased my way down shore. At that time, an older gent, whom I’ve seen there and fished with often, showed up, and informed me that bass were biting just a little further down shore. Giddy up! I joined him and caught 3 10” bass and a 12” carpsucker on the same Berkley bait. Good clean fun.

He was killing them with fatheads. He caught 3 bass to every 1 that I caught. (I should have switched to Crabby Bass Helgies, darn! Next time for sure.) Then he switched to roaches and started catching bass in the 15-16” range.(all largemouth, by the way)

It was time for me to go, so I said goodbye and started walking back to my car, casting as I went. How could I resist? Pole in hand, open water to my left, I am basically programmed to cast. I cannot control this.

On my second cast, I jiggled the rod a couple times and was ready to start cursing about the rocks I’d just snagged when the line started running. The fight was really pretty good, so I figured it was a big smallmouth. But lo and behold, it was this Northern. As I said, it was my first ever. I was getting close to late for my appointment and only had my cell on me, so I took these 2 crappy pictures, released the big guy and bolted.

So that’s one fishing goal I can check off my 2013 list.

It was time for me to go, so I said goodbye and started walking back to my car, casting as I went. How could I resist? Pole in hand, open water to my left, I am basically programmed to cast. I cannot control this.

On my second cast, I jiggled the rod a couple times and was ready to start cursing about the rocks I’d just snagged when the line started running. The fight was really pretty good, so I figured it was a big smallmouth. But lo and behold, it was this Northern. As I said, it was my first ever. I was getting close to late for my appointment and only had my cell on me, so I took these 2 crappy pictures, released the big guy and bolted.

So that’s one fishing goal I can check off my 2013 list.

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Posted: 14 Mar 2013 07:41 by redhook62 #7397
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The best one I've used is from Neutrogena called Dry Touch. It dries pretty quickly. But it seems like you have to use more of it, and it is pricey. I mostly stick with the Coppertone waterproof stuff, which goes on sale every once and a while at Target.
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 00:41 by Marty Rogers #7392
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I guess I better use sun protection this year. Any good ones for fishermen? I don't like the grease or the smell.
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 21:31 by redhook62 #7110
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Sooner, I've been thinking about buying a buff too, espcially for mid-day(lunchtime fishing) when the sun is at its most harmful state.... This, despite the follow up comments from the peanut gallery. :S
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 21:16 by Darkstar72 #7109
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SoonerBass wrote:
Everything else could probably use a little sun......just gotta watch those treble hooks! :ohmy:

Aaaand catfish! :pinch: :blink: :pinch:
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 18:25 by SoonerBass #7108
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JC1Crappies wrote:
did you say you will be fishing in the buff?

Yep, just gotta protect my face and neck. Everything else could probably use a little sun......just gotta watch those treble hooks! :ohmy:
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 18:10 by JC1Crappies #7107
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did you say you will be fishing in the buff?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 17:57 by SoonerBass #7105
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Great reminder about sun protection guys, I am looking into getting a buff for fishing this year to cover my neck and face. The sun can be brutal in the spring and summer, especially when out on the water in a kayak.

www.basspro.com/UV-Buff-Headwear/product/97319/
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 10:25 by wilks19 #7101
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That is a great point redhook. My buddy is a farmer and Irish. He had the precancerus cells a few years ago and the doc was charging hom $700/session and he was going a few times a year at least. Being a farmer and out in the sun all day/every day he was screwed. He found out from the doc that they use a form of anhydrous ammonia, great for him because that is what he uses to fertilize. He told me that he took a Q-tip and dabbed one of the tanks he had from the Coop and it cleared him up just fine. Save himself a huge medical bill. I am not saying we or anyone should do this, but this man has been using this chemical his whole life and knows everything about it.
Glad you are okay and ready to hit the waters again. Hope to see you on the water soon.
Posted: 15 Feb 2013 09:23 by redhook62 #7098
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Thanks Chuck, it made my week as a matter of fact. The Dr appointment went fine, I made it there with 10 minutes to spare, whew.

I might as well take this opportunity to encourage everyone to use sunscreen while fishing and have your skin professionally checked at least once per year by a dermatologist.

I have very fair skin, so I'm especially susceptable to problems. I've had one basal cell carcinoma removed, a few years back, from my shoulder and multiple actinc keretosis (pre-cancerous) spotss removed from my face and arms. The latter are not serious if you catch them right away, and the former is also very treatable if caught. I had 4 spots frozen off yesterday. Yep, they can pop up, even in the middle of the dark winter.

People like me are advised to apply SPF30 to face and hands, every day of the year. Your dermatologist can advise what is best for your skin type. These pre-cancerous spots that I'm occasionally getting are the product of my youth, mostly , when skin protection was less well understood. Now that I know better, I always have a bottle of SPF50 or better in my car, for those emergency fishing opportunities.

There are few downsides to this sport/hobby/obsession we share, but the sun's UV rays are definitely one of them. Protect yourself.

I have no affiliation with any health care provider, etc. :)
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 23:20 by CSimon2 #7095
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Great job on the COTD!!! It has been a while since I caught a pike. When I say a while I mean 13 years. That had to have made your day. Congrats! I hope your dr appt went well.
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 21:17 by redhook62 #7084
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Thank you all. I am honored.

I was pretty happy with the couple of small walleyes, and then it just kept getting better.
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 21:09 by JC1Crappies #7083
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Nice Red!! Great job on the river! I think I know that gentleman of the river.
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 21:03 by Orbits3 #7082
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Great catch. That's one fish I still have to check off my list. I'm jealous.
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 20:55 by SoonerBass #7081
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Awesome catch Redhook!
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 20:52 by pondboy #7080
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Great fish man!!!
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 20:52 by Jeff Brown #7079
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Dude I am very jealous right now. Happy for you but jealous. Great story and I can't wait to see more of your catches this season.
Posted: 14 Feb 2013 20:47 by Marty Rogers #7078
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Congrats on the Catch Of The Day Redhook! I want to go pike fishing now!