I was a bit skeptical after almost full day of what seemed like a dead lake. I was on a verge of not goin for a second trip that day. On the morning of the first day I only caught a small 1,2 kg pike. Had a few follows but nothing more.. That put me in the mood that maby the water is still too cold.
Luckily i decided to go for a second spin on the lake. I went trolling to a spot where we got the 7 kg pike last spring. Bam, already on the second pass this monster was hooked! I had two rods fishing, so i had to quickly ease the brake a little and reeled the other lure in. At that point i still was not sure if i hit the bottom or a bigger fish since the brake was letting out a constant noise and line out. Once i grabbed the rod and stopped the engine I realised its definetly not the bottom! I quite easily reeled the pike in. It only did one good dive near the boat pulling the tip of the rod underwater. Once in boat i noticed it had swallowed the small 10 cm Karikko vaappu deep in its throat. Sadly it was so badly in there I had to finish off the pike and take it with me. Usually I always release pikes this size back to grow and breed.. But it won´t go to waste since we will make good food out of the pike. (Mini vacation ended with the total of 5 pikes in boat, so not that active yet..)
Species & size: Pike, 89 cm, 5 kg
Time of day: around 13.00
Weather: Cloudy, 3 m/s wind from the north, ca. + 6 C
Fishing style: Trolling (very slow speed)
Depth at catch site: ca. 4 m
Lure: Karikko 10 cm (black/orange/yellow with flakes) / 1,5–2,5 m swimming depth