Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The chain pickerel, Esox niger (syn.
Esox reticulatus), is a species
in the pike family
(family Esocidae) of order
. It is also known as the federation pike or federation pickerel. Its range is along the eastern coast of [North America]] from southern Canada
, and west to Texas
. Pickerel is often a name given to walleye
, although the true name belongs to the chain pickerel. Common nicknames in the southeastern United States are the southern pike and jack fish.
The chain pickerel has a distinctive dark chain-like pattern on its greenish sides. Its body outline resembles that of the northern pike
. It reaches over 40 inches in length(only on rare occasions. It normally reaches just over 30 inches) and a weight of almost ten pounds. The average size for chain pickerel, however, is 24 inches and 3 pounds. (The average chain pickerel caught by fisherman is between 1 and 2 pounds). The world record is 9 pounds, 6 ounces!
The chain pickerel feeds primarily on way smaller fish which it ambushes from cover with a rapid lunge and secures with its sharp teeth. It is not unusual for pickerel to leap out of the water at flying insects, or even at dangling fishing lures.
"I know I have posted this article before but it's just a brief run down for all those who want to know. Now tonite's 2nd session was a pleasant one. No wind and warm temps. The best was right before dark 6-8ft of water. My plan was simple..locate weeds shady areas drop offs and submerged trees. Done deal. If you can do this when you target these guys then your half way there! Now I have found the locations...what to put on??? Well If you have an idea of what baitfish or small fry might be present you got a start. Picks like frogs and salamanders dragon fly larvae and the obvious baitfish. I new this pond had a population of small perch and pond minnows. Wanting to keep short strikes down and give them a real meal a fly of 3-4 inches long was in order. A 1/0-3/0 saltwater hook will suffice! Keep your retrieve fast or try giving quick strips and a jigging action with a fast strip..that usually works for me. An imitation perch pattern quickly drew first strike I believe with in 3 or 5 casts! My mom was kind enough to join me as photographer on my 2nd session and mom being mom well packed me some lunch...Thanks MOM!! I owe her alot as I really wanted to get this 2nd session put in the blog for all the readers to have. So I basically stuck to 3 patterns worked the weed beds drop offs and structure. Why only 3 well I had 3 set in mind to test and they were snapping fish for me so why change what works. I only had a 3hr session so playing Joe Switch Up with different patterns was not in the cards. Now Pickerel are not the big beasts of the esox family but what they lack in size they make up for in attitude! I love these guys even better when you have a dense population of these guys to target specifically. If you find that your population has a small size a 7wt would be a good choice. Or if it's windy 8-9wt is well worth the go. so arm yourself with some flies and have a look at the ones that worked for me. If you need any help or if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org. Tight lines and sharp hooks!!!!!!
Monday, July 26, 2010
My mom is cool she likes Pike adventures!! We tossed the boat in a pond very close to my parents place. Was windy but soon settled down. Not much is written and talked about for pickerel...it's like they are the red headed step child of the esox clan. I don't think so and have alot of dear respect for these pattern smashing toothy critters!!! I like to keep it simple a 8 or 9 wt rod will do you fine if you are in just a pickerel pond. If pike and pickerel are both prersent as well as mister largemouth don't go under gunned. 10 wts for the big pike are a smart choice and my only choice is the Pikesaber. For pickerel I like to keep my patterns on the 4inch range just seems good size to me and have had no issues with that size. E.p flies , bucktails and murdich minnows are a good bet but what ever favorite confidence pattern you like should do the trick. Just remember to strip it fast as these guys are like bullets on the take. 1/0-2/0 hooks are a good bet I like the Tiemco and Mustad hooks. A stout leader of 60lb test of 5ft or so and a small swivel. Don't be afraid to fish those top water patterns as well. Frog patterns and wounded minnow patterns a real producers. Dave has a good top water wounded minnow pattern that has worked wonders on these guys so maybe I can talk him into a step by step. So for now I need to whip up some patterns and think about the next adventure ahead cause it's only right out my door step look out pickerel here I come!! Tight Lines!!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I have had this book for over a year and it never gets old. Front to back this is an amazing read and Ad's passion for pike well that's why he named the book. Currently unavailable but keep looking!!! You will love Ad's take on and approach to pike on the fly!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Here is a letter I received from state biologist Shawn Good. Have caught 2 so far this year. Not sure if this could count a 5th Vermont esox member...you decide.
These northern pike – chain pickerel crosses are known to accidentally hybridize in Lake Champlain and other waters where they both occur, like Lake Memphramagog. It’s also been reported in the Great Lakes area. It is easy to confuse this natural hybrid with muskie, particularly for anglers who aren’t used to seeing and identifying muskie often.
We collected tissue samples from some of these hybrids on Lake Champlain a couple years ago, and had some genetic analysis done on them. The results show that they are male pickerel fertilizing female pike eggs. I don't think it's something they're doing on purpose (ie "pairing up"). I think it's a result of their spawning timing and locations overlapping, so that the two species are spawning in the same spots at the same time, and some male pickerel milt "drifts" in the water and ends up fertilizing some pike eggs. Odd weather patterns in the spring may be the result of the timing of the two species spawning closer together. A recent study suggested that pike and pickerel spawning might overlap more, and consequently we’ll see more hybrids, in the future as climate change changes spring warming patterns.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Everyone has their likes and dis-likes....here's mine.
1- I like beer....cold tasty foamy beer..
2- I dis-like know it all shit talkin bozos "Dave you know who I mean"
3- I like cortand and rio line.
4- I dis-like treble hooks-alot!
5-I like the pikesaber.
6-I dis-like very sunny no cloud days for pike.
7-I like a little chop and cloud cover
8-I dislike wire leaders.
9-I like hard mono 80-100lb test for pike.
10-I dis-like those little hard to see ankle biting bugs when your casting....damn they hurt!
11-I like fishing topwater for bucket mouths in thick cover.
12-I dis-like ice on my guides.
13-I like flannel in the spring and wool gloves for ice out pike.
14-I dis-like "spf" you still burn to matter what!
15-I like big natural streamers!
16-I dis-like cheap shit....no good spend the cash you earned it!
17-I like water proof digital cameras.
18-I dis-like a shitty cup of morning coffee then again some is better than none!
19-I like ross reels.
20-I dis-like likes and dis-likes boo ya!
I have a ton more just going to put an end to it here as your probably wondering WTF! Any way happy 4th to everyone !! Get some re-con flyfishing in our founding fathers would want that you know! Tight Lines!!!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Friend and fly guide Drew Price sent me this pic of a nice day out chasing pike a few weeks ago. I meant to get this up sooner but this and that came up and the neighbor dropped by with a canoe for me...score! Any way Drew is a top guide who specializes in catching the big lakes more unique fish population. So if you want a break from catching trout and want an adventure with a dude that knows what's up hit up Drew at http://streamandbrook.com sure to be an experience you will never forget!!! Tight lines and chuck some fluff!!!