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Hey Johnny, its Matt (Kay's son-in-law). Great catch, bet that was a fun one to land.:B Have been fishin the GMR around here and tearing up the Saugeye, smallies, and cats. We'll have to do some fishing sometime soon
 

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congrats on a great river muskie.
 

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neil,

get us into some of those sidney/piqua pike bro!:p
 

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I'm going to need to figure out something. I've been fishing that river for 20 years and never hooked into one. This must be the year of the GMR Pike comback. Even Eric got himself into one this year. Big one.
 

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Dang...if Eric can get a pike...anythings possible:p

what do you mean by BIG? I would consider 32" + to be big for Ohio.


I'm going to need to figure out something. I've been fishing that river for 20 years and never hooked into one. This must be the year of the GMR Pike comback. Even Eric got himself into one this year. Big one.
 

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Nice Toothy Pike, Musky Hunter!!! There's also some musky in there.

My biggest pike out of the GMR 32" at a secret spot further north,close to Indian Lake High school. I got it 10 years or so while catfishing at night. I had a hit,missed the fish so reeled in very fast so both my hooks wouldn't snag the bottom. That pike nailed it,but never really fought. Didn't even real off any drag and only 10' from the bank. I fish a point from where a creek enters the miami,and the pike kept going in and out of that creek,back and forth about 10 times.

We also got some smaller ones on roostertails and floating rapalas while floating down her in that same area.

Back then,no fish ohio award available for Norther Pike.

Lots of fish in Miam. That's why I liked to catfish it. Don't know what you'll pull out: Whitebass,channel,flat,blue,yellowbullhead,waterdogs,snappers,pike,walleye,rockbass,huge carp,suckers,bats,and saugeye. I've never caught a crappie,smallmouth,or largemouth out of her.

I don't know why they call it The Great Miami River. Where I fish it,it's only 10 yds accross!! LOL.

Sidney was my stompin grounds!!! Many trips taking a canoe down her:D
 

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Wow I need to get north of Hamilton. Are you sure thats not a tiger muskie, seems to have traits of both pike and muskie. Oh well its good to hear more of these toothy critters are showing up in good sizes. Great job!
 

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I noticed the spots on the body and thought it was a pike. After looking at the head,tail,and fins,not so sure.

Anywho, Nice fish. The GMR has both and gotta be some biguns in there. I got a hold of a fish there one night,using 30# spiderwire and the fish straightened my arms out and reeled off 50 yds of line before getting loose.

Here's a pic of mine,please excuse the quality of scanning a 30 mm picture taken in 1996 from a not so great scanner. Also a nice 18" or so fat walleye,in which I believe saugeye weren't stocked back then:



Some nice fish from a very nice place on the GMR. BTW: The avg yellowbullhead runs 12" and channelcats avg 2 lbs there.The bugs will drive a person nuts!
 

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I strongly believe the fish is a pike; definitely, not a muskie. The sun on the fish made the fish appear lighter than it really was. Could possibly have some muskie in it from cross breeding many years back when muskie were more prevalent in the river. Back in 70's and early 80's, Indian lake was stocked with muskie; and some of these fish made their way into the river.

Like I have said in earlier posts, the river has a good population of pike. They are mostly located in deeper, slower moving water that is best accessed by canoe or small boat. Most of the areas I fish for them can not be waded. They will still mostly be found close to the banks in these deeper water areas, esp. around down trees and feeder creeks. I have heard of 12 pounders being caught out of the river, close to 40".
 

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That's really an awesome fish for the Miami River. I grew up down in West Carrollton, and heard stories of a stray pike being caught once every few years.... but nothing in the 30 inch + range.

As to whether or not it's a pike or muskie, I'd say definitely a pike.

Pike = light spots on a darker background
Musky = Varied, but it there are marks, it's dark marks (spots, liners, bars) on a lighter background
Tiger Musky = Cross between Pike and Musky = Dark vertical bars

There are a few other ways to differentiate a pike and musky, but I find the above to be the most simple method.
 

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It's definitly a pike. It's amazing right when you don't exspect one which you never really do. I've caught 4 pike in the river in 2 years one pushing 34". I had a picture of it but its very blurry and I can't find it. The lures that I've caught them on are husky jerks and original rapala's. My mom landed her first last week using a minnow and a bobber. Exspect the unexspected.
 
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