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GMR Big Pike & Big Saugeye

Discussion in 'Southwest Ohio Fishing Reports' started by SConner, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

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    Went out after work hoping for some decent smallmouth. Water is down some from weekend and is very clear for the Miami. Lost 2 smallmouth when they jumped, but the two fish I caught more than made up for it. Caught a very nice healthy 27" pike and a very fat 23.5"saugeye. Wish I had a friend to take pictures, neither picture does these fish justice. Awesome 1.5 hours fishing!!!

    http://www.ohiogamefishing.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=38407

    http://www.ohiogamefishing.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=38408
     
  2. NorthSouthOhioFisherman

    NorthSouthOhioFisherman The Young Outdoorsman

    Thanks for the always great reports with pix.
    I enjoy them :B
     

  3. midoh39

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    I fished the area up by the dam got 4 smallies and actually a pike about the same size. But Im not going back anytime soon, tonight there was so much activity of these kids my age who were smoking stuff and drinking so next time im going down river. HAs anyone else notice this. Nice fishes Scott, and that wasnt to highjack your thread im just kinda annoyed
     
  4. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

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    I was a ways upstream from there tonight. I try to avoid the dam throughout summer as it seems to attract yahoos. Glad to hear you did well... I have not seen you on river lately.
     
  5. midoh39

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    Football, but Im getting out more since it started. Ill probably try Sunday hopefully in a new area. Or go to the Mad.
     
  6. Nice fish and good to hear 2 decent pike. I'm going to try to get out Saturday morning and maybe try up in Piqua somewhere. I've never tried north of twin archs and don't even know what the river looks like up there or where there's likely fishing water. Has anyone fished up there lately?
     
  7. That's my idea of the perfect trip to the GMR. Really awesome!

    Midoh - That's disappointing to hear but not a surprise. I generally avoid that area, myself.
     
  8. Nice fish. I went out for a little bit Sunday morning. I could not believe the trash on the south side from the dam to behind brown bridge. The game warden needs to start writing tickets as well as a little community service trash picking up.
     
  9. Is that a gold/orange rebel craw that I see hanging out of the pike's mouth? I've had some pretty good success catching pike on those this year. Are you fishing that with a steel leader? What lb. test do you use?
     
  10. chrsvic

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    Awesome fish. Ive been wanting to catch a pike that size.

    Midoh39, thats why ive been fishing some stretches of the river further north. Surprisingly peaceful between Troy and Piqua.

    jimnrg, there are some deep spots up above the twin arches, that can be good.
     
  11. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

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    You are correct on the lure. I use 10 lb mono, no leader - What you are seeing is a snap swivel I use occasionally if I think I might be changing lures often. That snap swivel probably kept me from losing this fish. When I brought him in, lure was entirely inside his mouth with only the swivel hanging out. I don't target pike, they just happen. I was fishing for smallmouth.
     
  12. Thanks, chrsvic
    I keep going back to the river right at the twin archs because it looks like it should hold fish in that little hole and on the riffle but all I get there are dinks and lots of suckers. Have you ever pulled anything worthwhile from that area?

    SConner, have you tried the rebel big craws on the river?
     
  13. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

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    Have not tried bigger size since I have had so much success with wee craw. Also figured it would dive too deep and get hung up.
     
  14. I like using the rebel wee craw in the big size if I'm fishing water that is 4 or 5 feet deep max. I tried using a steel leader for the first time the last time I went fishing. It didn't seem to take away any of the natural motion of the lure. It was 12lb test.

    I usually just tie em on to my line. I use 8lb Stren mono. I've caught about 10 pike this year between 24" and 33", and lost 4 or so of those from them snapping the line (or biting through it).

    I was surprised that they would actually go for the craw crank. It definitely became one of my favorite lures this summer. I have caught some swines on it, both smallie and pike.
     
  15. TeamPlaker

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    Nice fish as always!
    I don't mean to switch the thread topic around but I was reading what you all were saying about steel leaders... personally, I hate using the things. I've never caught a pike but assume they are similar enough to muskie since they're cousins. When I target muskie, I tie a swivel to my line and tie off an 8-10 inch piece of 50 lb. test braided line from that to my lure. Holds up well against their teeth (never had a break off), doesn't take any action away from the lure, and I don't have to worry about steel damaging the fish's teeth either.
    SConner, I owe you 15 seconds for hijacking your thread... I apologize, again... congrats on those beautiful fish, keep slammin' 'em and postin' 'em!
     
  16. I got my second pike of the month today but was only 13"...also was getting good action on smallies and lm too on bass minnows though nothing over 10"
     
  17. Very nice fish, again and again.
     
  18. Nice job, great fish.

    Wess
     
  19. I'm jealous of all you upper GMR anglers getting into those Pike. I have never caught a pike and it looks like I need to head north.

    It looks like the saugeye was pretty healthy. I'll have to give the night bite a try this Thursday.