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    Me and Jeff headed down to Calhoun County yesterday to try another new lake, this time Prairie Lake which is south east of Olivet. We had some storms move through the area overnight dumping a lot of rain so we weren't sure what kind of mood the fish would be in. As usual when we attack a new lake we were long lining 1/16th and 1/32nd oz jigs. I've started using Leland lures Crappie Magnet plastics, mainly because they're tough as nails but they also put fish in the boat. Jeff was using Charlie Brewer Sliders.

    The crappie were a little sluggish but we managed to get a few to bite. We landed around 20, all being decent fish in the 9"-11" range and lost quite a few at the boat. Most of the ones we landed were barely hooked, proving they weren't real aggressive.

    The highlight of my day was when a big northern took my jig. I have to say, fighting a pike on a 12' crappie rod is a lot of fun and after he made a couple of line stripping runs Jeff was able to get the net under him. He measured just under 32" and got invited to my house for dinner, with him being the guest of honor. Name:  IMG_20210723_170147912_BURST000_COVER_TOP~2.jpg
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    I bet that was a fun fight....good job
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    Wow. On a jig and a long rod. Nothing more fun than that.


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    Love some pike on any gear and in the fry pan. What a memory. Congratulations!

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    That is a monster
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    Nice catch!!
    What is a pike similar to? Eating wise


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    They have a sweeter meat than walleye, in my opinion. And I like them better than walleye, probably my favorite eating fish. They have a row of Y bones in the upper half of the fillet that need to be removed so I rarely keep any under 28". When I cleaned this one I split the fillet lengthwise, took the belly piece and the tail section off the upper piece (no Y bones there) and cut out the Y bones from the top piece. I ended up with 6 nice chunks of meat. They also have a unique smell, it's hard to describe, but once you've smelled it it's hard to forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spartannation View Post
    They have a sweeter meat than walleye, in my opinion. And I like them better than walleye, probably my favorite eating fish. They have a row of Y bones in the upper half of the fillet that need to be removed so I rarely keep any under 28". When I cleaned this one I split the fillet lengthwise, took the belly piece and the tail section off the upper piece (no Y bones there) and cut out the Y bones from the top piece. I ended up with 6 nice chunks of meat. They also have a unique smell, it's hard to describe, but once you've smelled it it's hard to forget.
    Well now itís on my list to try, only because you like them better than walleye! Canít imagine.
    Thanks for the input, I appreciate you taking the time.


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    Redge, are you going down to Shreveport the first of October? If you are I could save a pack and bring it down for you to try.
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    Nice going with all the fish, I also kept a pike couple weeks back and found a video on how to clean them , sounds like the same way you do yours and they are good eating
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