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    Default PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    I headed on to my early season honey hole. This is a tiny pond that only gets fished by a handfull of guys and we're going to keep it that way . With a 34 degree air temp I wasn't expecting much Bass action but I knew the Chain Pickerel would keep my busy until my toes went numb. Landed a handful of average fish on a small, dark Clouser and then it happened. I've never had to put a fish on the reel in this pond until this morning. She faught hard and I wanted to get her back in the water quickly so no weights and measures but this was easily the biggest Pickerel I've caught on the fly

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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    That's a cool looking fish! Any guesstimates on the length?

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    I layed it against the rod to get an estimate but couldn't get the whole thing in the pic I'm going to say 22-24".
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    Nice fish!
    I definitely need to start targeting more fish than just trout!
    Eunan



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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    You're going to have a permanent coating of fish slime on that rod now
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    You're going to have a permanent coating of fish slime on that rod now
    Absolutely! It was all over my arm and the rod. I had to dunk it 4-5 times just to hold it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s fontinalis View Post
    Nice fish!
    I definitely need to start targeting more fish than just trout!
    They're fun to catch. They're built for speed and love to run when hooked.
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    Great fish Marco! Pickerel are such cool looking fish, I love their patterning.
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    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    Great big Chain you got there Marco!

    Congratulations, been a while since I've seen one of them.

    Ard

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    Nice fish! Definitely just made my cabin fever worse.

    Next month, I'm going to start hitting up the pike!

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    Default Re: PB Pickerel was worth the pain

    Thanks guys, I was a little bummed out because my day off was the coldest day of the week but I'm glad I gave it a shot.
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