Northern pike was a fighter
THE big rain will see mudcrabs pushing out of the estuaries and along the coastal flats, looking for more salinity than in the rivers. Along with them a lot of baitfish has been pushed out of the rivers, as well as jelly prawns. It all means the focus is inshore right now, and not on the blustery conditions on the outer reef. I come from Denmark, from a small island in the Baltic Sea. I do a lot of fishing back home. We catch sea trout, cod, herring. I don’t have a boat so it’s always off jetties and so on. I’m on a working holiday. My best fish ever was a northern pike.
They get quite big, up to 1.5 metres, and about 20 kg — that’s big for up there.
The one I caught was 1m 9 cm and weighed 9 kg, so it was pretty big. That was in 2010.
It was a normal summer afternoon. It’s in their breeding season and they are quite hungry around then.
I went fishing with a mate, from off a jetty in the local harbour near where I live. I was using a big plastic lure but not fishing for anything in particular.
I’d been fishing for about an hour when I got this bite.
I was pretty sure what it was. I had caught pike before, but also wondered if it was a big snag of seaweed.
The line was really bent over and I just started pulling, and then everything went crazy. It was very exciting,
It ran everywhere and lasted about 20 minutes before I could get it in. By then the fish was very tired. I was really pumped. I took a few pictures and then put it back. I unhooked it very carefully because they have a lot of teeth.