It was a perfect day for some teeth. 65 degrees, sunny, with a light breeze, you just couldn’t beat it. The pike on the Des Plaines River are a blast, and I enjoy chasing these toothy predators. DanK was the first to get the pike party started with one in the mid 20’s. I joined in shortly after, but the pike that I caught could have been mistaken for a wet spaghetti noodle.
|This pike got a hold of DanK’s thumb and drew blood.|
DanK was determined to catch one using a top water lure after he found a small panfish size buzz bait in his bag. He rigged a trailer hook on it, and added a plastic tube to make his offering look bigger. The pike approved, and it was truly a blast to see.
I was tossing a green spinner bait with a trailer hook, and that seemed to be the ticket for me. I did toss around a buzz bait, but it was getting no attention. I hooked up with a real nice pike on a super fishy bend in the river. One of the best pike I’ve personally caught on the DPR.
|My personal best on the DPR.|
While we were sitting in the middle of the river changing lures, I noticed something floating down river towards DanK’s kayak. I couldn’t really make out what it was, but it kind of looked like the belly of a fish. I said to DanK out loud, “Is that a dead fish?” DanK turned to look and said, “Holy Sh#t! it’s a big pike with another pike in it’s mouth!” Right after he said that I was able to make out the 2 pike, as it swam underneath our kayaks and off into some weeds, and we never saw it again. The big pike was about 30 inches, and it had a pike in it’s mouth that was about 19-21 inches. It was so freakin’ awesome to see with our own eyes! (No pictures of it, because, we couldn’t locate the cannibal after the sighting.)
|DanK with another top water pike.|
|Catch & Release|