Some days on the lakes in Canada the weather makes fishing tough. Inclement weather isn’t the problem. The problem comes when the sun is shining and the temps rise. With the glare of the sun and the, the Northern Pike tend to go deeper and stop feeding. Plus sitting in direct overhead sunlight and having the sun reflect off the water into one’s face makes for an uncomfortable and sweaty day.
We had been fishing for hours. I had caught about a dozen fish while Brian was still at none. I prefer quantity of fish to size and was perfectly content to land a good number of smaller Pike. For some reason, my technique tends to attract the smaller fish this despite using similar or same lures to my boat partners.
The sun was finally off it’s peak and heading toward the horizon as we fished in a bay with reeds. The reeds were a good sign as we had caught a number of fish in those areas. Brian was fairly frustrated at his run of poor luck until he caught this 17 lb (7.7 kg) monster. He was 17 at the time. In all my years fishing in Canada, my largest Pike was 15 lbs.
Brian had caught a 13 pound pike at 13 years old and a 17 pound pike at 17 years old. Then next time I am in the US to fish with him he will be 24. I hope he catches another fish to match his age. And I hope I’m in the boat to see him catch it. Few things feel better than seeing your kids succeed at something they love.
Camera: Kodak Z650
Lens: Integrated @ 6.3mm
Shutter Speed: 1/750