Why I Think Northern Pike Are Awesome
They’re shaped like torpedoes.
I associate them with the unspoiled North.
They’re tenacious buggers. (When they bite on a lure, they say “MINE” and they don’t let go.)
When they’re hooked, they fight like a sonnavabitch (unlike those wimpy Walleye).
They can grow up to be monsters, 40 to 50 inches in length.
The larger ones are known to eat baby ducks and muskrats (how cool is THAT, for a fresh-water fish!?)
When you try to remove the hook from their mouth, they’ll chomp down on your pliers. Tough bastards, they are.
Not counting humans, they’re the Apex Predator of the aquatic food chain.
If you’re day-dreaming, they can scare the crap out of you, when they strike your lure 2 feet from the boat.
Let’s not forget the razor-sharp teeth that can cut your line (or your fingers). (Watch it!)
Contrary to popular belief, they actually taste quite good and aren’t bony if you know how to clean them.
Even the tiny hammer-handles are fun to catch.
They’re not the most popular fish. Which is fine with me. Let everyone else go after the walleye and the trout…I’ll have the pike lakes to myself!